Ireland’s chances of landing a historic first win against New Zealand appear to have suffered a setback with the news that Mike Ross is rated a major doubt for the first test in Eden Park this weekend.
The Leinster prop was last seen limping out of the RaboDirect Pro 12 final against the Ospreys with a hamstring tear at the end of May and Ireland team manager Michael Kearney admits that it will be touch and go to see if Ross can take his place in the starting 15.
“Mike Ross is rehabbing from his hamstring tear. It is going well but he hasn’t trained fully and remains in some doubt ahead of the weekend. Cian trained fully today and is good to go.
“Sean O’Brien is continuing to rehabilitate well and he accelerated his rehab this morning. We are hopeful that he will be available for selection at the weekend.”