Two players have joined up with Ireland’s training squad ahead of their fourth round NatWest 6 Nations match against Scotland.
Leinster’s top try-scoring winger Barry Daly joins the squad hoping for his senior debut for Joe Schmidt’s team, whilst hooker Rob Herring re-joins the squad having resolved an elbow issue sustained playing for Ulster against Edinburgh.
The Ireland squad reassembled at their training base yesterday afternoon in Maynooth as they continue preparations for Saturday’s match at the Aviva Stadium, but are still without a handful of players.
Lock Ultan Dillane is the only player not currently in camp as he travels back from South Africa following Connacht’s Guinness PRO14 game against the Cheetahs, but will join up on Wednesday.
Hooker Niall Scannell suffered a recurrence of a rib injury playing for Munster against Glasgow but is expected to be fit next week, as is winger Andrew Conway, who suffered from a knee injury in Munster’s last game.
Prop Tadgh Furlong and lock Iain Henderson continued their rehab last week and are expected to train fully this week, as Schmidt explained that their recovery processes needed extra time.
“What pulling them out of last weekend meant for us, particularly Iain who was very close to being available and could have played, is we decided to go backwards rather than forwards and take our time a little bit more with that recovery process so that with that extra week,” said the Ireland head coach.
“Then we’re pretty prepared for them to come into the selection equation.”