Ireland with 'full deck to pick from' for Wales
Sport

Ireland with 'full deck to pick from' for Wales

IRELAND will have a 'full deck to pick from' according to skills coach Richie Murphy for Saturday's RBS Six Nations clash against Wales in Cardiff.

Jamie Heaslip and Johnny Sexton are expected to have recovered following injuries for the crucial clash.

"It looks like a full deck to pick from,” Murphy said. "Johnny Sexton took full part in training on Tuesday, he has done all the team stuff and trained well.

"Everyone else has come through, Jamie trained Monday and Tuesday so he's fit and healthy and ready to go.

"And the two boys, Jared (Payne) and Sean O'Brien both passed their return to play protocols.

"They have done contact so as long as there's no reaction over the next 24 hours they are both fit and ready to go.

Advertisement

Murphy is encouraged that Ireland will be at full strength for the trip to Wales. "Having everyone fit and healthy is a massive thing for the squad because it puts pressure on everyone. The environment gets a nice little buzz off that."

Murphy also backed Ian Madigan to cope if the Leinster star is required at the Millennium Stadium. "Ian can handle the pressure and cope at this level. There were a couple of mistakes, one or two by Ian and one or two by other people as well, against England.

"That allowed them to get a bit of momentum into the game.

"It is what it is. Ian probably would admit it wasn't his best few minutes on the pitch, but he's a good guy, he bounces back very, very quickly and he's very focused on the job in hand for this week."