Rugby World Cup 2015: Payne and Kearney remain Irish doubts - BBC Sport

Rugby Globe Cup: Ireland v Italy

Venue: Olympic Stadium, London Date: Sunday, 4 October Kick-off: 16:45 BST

Coverage: Are Living about BBC Radio Ulster, as well as stay coverage around the BBC Sport website.

Jared Payne along with Rob Kearney remain injury concerns regarding Ireland's Globe Cup match against Italy upon Sunday.

Centre Payne continues for you to be not able to train this week simply because of your bruised foot and is actually also continuing for you to obtain treatment.

Full-back Kearney do resume coaching upon Wednesday following sustaining a new hip injury following his introduction as being a replacement inside the win more than Romania. Media requires JavaScript to always be able to play.

Simon Zebo again together with Ireland squad after grandfather's death

Lions star Bowe scored a pair of tries in Ireland's 44-10 more than Romania right after missing the actual get more than Canada nevertheless in which impressive performance may not be enough to keep your Ulster wing inside Joe Schmidt's beginning line-up.

Front-line stars Paul O'Connell, Johnny Sexton, Conor Murray, Rory Best, Mike Ross, Sean O'Brien and also Peter O'Mahony are generally almost all expected to go back for the starting XV with Iain Henderson most likely to be preferred in order to Devin Toner at lock.

Cian Healy returned to loose-head prop duty against Romania after getting a long-term neck injury but may require to give method to Jack McGrath this weekend.

Ireland leading Pool D right after winning their particular opening a couple of video games and victory over the particular Azzurri will secure his or her place in the quarter-finals.


In case Kearney is ruled out, Simon Zebo can be likely to keep at full-back following starting last weekend.

the Ireland management are already talking up Kearney's likelihood of being associated with Sunday's game in London's Olympic Stadium but coach Joe Schmidt may opt to not danger your Leinster star.

Schmidt could move Keith Earls from your wing to be able to outside centre if Ulster player Payne isn't deemed in shape adequate to begin against the Italians.

"Jared hasn't coaching to date this week and the actual man can be continuing his rehab with all the physios," said Ireland team manager Mick Kearney about Thursday, that would end up being a rest day for your squad.

"We'll find out how he's tomorrow just before a decision is created in regardless involving whether he trains."

Usually speaking, Schmidt doesn't often pick players who have missed coaching sessions within match weeks, which usually points too Payne could miss your Italy contest.

Robbie Henshaw likely to go back

Earls featured at 13 within Ireland's 35-21 world Cup warm-up victory more than Wales throughout Cardiff and might range up from centre alongside fit-again Robbie Henshaw this weekend.

Connacht star Henshaw will be the sole member of Ireland's 31-man squad to not possess sampled world Cup action up to now right after missing the actual opening a pair of video games since of your hamstring injury.

Ought To Earls step directly into centre, Luke Fitzgerald would nearly all most likely begin on the wing, with Dave Kearney getting tipped to adopt the other wing berth in front of Tommy Bowe.

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