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Ireland to Stick to RWC Travel Plans

Ireland are to fly to Japan tomorrow despite the country’s current weather conditions

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Ireland will travel to Japan tomorrow despite Typhoon Faxai causing havoc for the country over the past number of days.

The team, which will include winger Keith Earls, who had a knee injury cleared yesterday, had been expected to alter their travel plans due to the weather conditions but that does not appear to be the case.

The typhoon has already taken the lives of three people in recent days.

Chiba, an area that has seen mass landfall since the typhoon began, is the destination for Ireland’s opening World Cup game against Scotland next Saturday.

The IRFU have confirmed that they will stay in contact with World Rugby and monitor the conditions over the next 24 hours in the case that they should have to shift their schedule.

Other countries have already been affected by Typhoon Faxai, such as England, who set off yesterday and had a torrid time getting to their final destination.

Having had their flight delayed, they then took the 11-hour journey to Tokyo airport, before waiting almost six-hours for a bus to pick them up and bring them to their hotel due to traffic congestion caused by the storm.

Australia have also had to change their plans due to the weather and have had to reschedule their flights.

Irish head coach Joe Schmidt will be keen to get his squad over to Japan and settle in as they prepare for the tournament where they will be hoping to make a serious impression following back-to-back wins over current Six Nations Grand Slam champions Wales.

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Another Injury Setback for Ireland

Ireland look set to be without another key player for their opening Rugby World Cup game against Scotland on Sunday

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Ireland full-back Rob Kearney is the latest star that appears likely to miss the side’s opening Rugby World Cup game against Scotland on Sunday.

The Leinster man is reported to be suffering from a calf problem that he picked up during training earlier today and now is a major doubt for not only the team’s Scottish clash but also their game against Japan six days later. 

If Kearney is to miss the game it would seem likely that head coach Joe Schmidt would pick either one of Andrew Conway or Jordan Larmour in the 15 jersey, but it is far from ideal. 

Kearney’s injury follows the news that centre Robbie Henshaw is unlikely to feature during the game with Scots as he tries to overcome a hamstring injury, with Will Addison apparently on standby back in Ireland. 

However, unlike Kearney’s injury Ireland are well covered in the midfield with Garry Ringrose, Bundee Aki and Chris Farrell all fighting to make it into the starting XV. 

Elsewhere, Joey Carbery is training once more following the ankle injury he picked up against Italy in their opening warm-up game.

However, wing Keith Earls is still not training fully in what is another worry for the Irish as the injuries continue to pile up. 

Ireland open up their World Cup campaign against Scotland on Sunday, before games against hosts Japan, Russia and Samoa as they look to progress from pool A, but they will be hoping some of their key men will be back in action for those clashes. 

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Irish Star Set to Miss RWC Opener

Ireland look set to be without one of their key men when they play Scotland on Sunday, but there is more positive news elsewhere in the squad

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Ireland centre Robbie Henshaw appears set to miss the team’s Rugby World Cup opening game against Scotland on Sunday with a hamstring injury.

The Irish camp are not giving up hope on Henshaw recovering, but they have finally admitted that he is “unlikely to feature” against the Scots. Ireland’s scrum coach Greg Feek confirmed the news to the media. 

“Robbie’s looking very, very unlikely for this weekend obviously. But we’ve just got back from training and still sorting things out, but I think it’s reasonably positive in terms of what we saw,” he said. 

However, despite seeming very unlikely to play this weekend Feek is confident that Henshaw will return to action soon. 

“Some of these guys, day by day, week by week, they can improve dramatically as opposed to the average human. So we’ll just take it like that at the moment. It’s looking positive, so from here on in we’ll just see how it goes in the next few days and then maybe reassess in the not too distant future. He’s a good man, great to have around, his work ethic is incredible and you know he’s doing the work. To be at this stage now there’s probably a sense of relief,” he added. 

The IRFU have confirmed that Henshaw will remain in Japan with the 31-man squad, despite reports claiming that Will Addison is set to be called up by head coach Joe Schmidt, but they have decided not to release the full details of Henshaw’s injury yet which is a worrying sign. 

In more positive news for Irish fans Feek also confirmed that fly-half Joey Carbery has been training fully as he continues to recover from an injury he picked up against Italy in a World Cup warm-up game. 

“Joey was running around today and trained, he looked pretty good. So we’re just all really happy for him more than anything,” he finished. 

Ireland will hope that Henshaw will recover in time to face Japan in their second game of the pool stages, however, all focus will be on kicking their campaign off with a perfect start against the Scots on Sunday. 

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These are class. All the Irish Rugby Gifs

Expect to see these a lot over the next few weeks.

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Everyone loves the Rugby World Cup. Everyone loves Gifs.

So the Irish Media Team have combined the two to give us these masterpieces.

Check out all the Irish Rugby Gifs (so far) for the Rugby World Cup!

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