Irish injury fears recede

Ireland officials have confirmed that Brian O’Driscoll and Ronan O’Gara will be available for Sunday’s critical World Cup clash with Argentina in Paris.

O’Driscoll limped off after taking a bang to his knee during a contact session in today’s open training in Bordeaux.

The Ireland skipper had an ice pack strapped to his right leg and played no further part in the afternoon’s run-out.

A bruised calf sustained in Friday’s 25-3 defeat by France prevented O’Gara from taking part in the session, which was watched by 1,500 fans.

Munster fly-half O’Gara arrived at the Stade Bordelais with the team but spent the afternoon in the dug-out.

There was further encouraging news on Girvan Dempsey, Jerry Flannery and Isaac Boss, who are also certain to feature at Parc des Princes.

Dempsey also watched from the sidelines as he continued his recovery from the shoulder problem incurred at the Stade de France.

In another scare for Ireland, Flannery fell to the floor following a heavy collision with Simon Best that left the Munster hooker writhing in pain.

After several minutes Flannery returned to his feet and an ice pack was placed over his shoulder and he took no further part in training.

To complete a bruising session for Ireland – the team’s first following two rest days – Boss received three stitches to a cut above his left eye.

Only Rory Best is unavailable with the Ulster hooker out of action because of a dislocated thumb.

“Ronan O’Gara sat out the training session as a precaution,” read an official medical bulletin.

“The contact session lasted over an hour and both Brian and Jerry Flannery were taken off after picking up knocks.

“None of the injuries during the session are serious enough to rule them out of selection for this weekend’s game.”

Ireland coach Eddie O’Sullivan names his team for Sunday’s do-or-die clash with Argentina at lunchtime on Tuesday.

Taking a French win over Georgia as a given, the men in green must score four tries and deny the Pumas a losing bonus-point to progress to the play-offs; anything less from the Irish and their campaign will be over.


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