O’Driscoll in line for first appearance of season

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Updated: August 15, 2011

There was some welcome news for the Irish management in the wake of the 19-12 defeat to France as it has been confirmed that Brian O’Driscoll is on course to make his first appearance of the season when Ireland take on France in the Aviva this coming Saturday.

The influential number 13 has so far been forced to watch Ireland’s warm up games from the sidelines as he rehabs injuries to his neck and shoulder area. Speaking on the matter manager Paul McNaughton confirmed that O’Driscoll is under consideration for Saturday’s match along with Gordon D’Arcy and Stephen Ferris.

“Brian O’Driscoll, Stephen Ferris and Gordon D’Arcy are all continuing to progress well,” said manager Paul McNaughton.

“It’s expected that they will be upping their involvement in training this week and will be in contention for selection.

“Tommy Bowe is also making progress and it is hoped that he will be in line for selection the week after.”

McNaughton also had some news on Leinster full back Rob Kearney who came off with a groin problem against the French last Saturday.

“Rob had a scan to examine the extent of the injury today and will be reviewed again tomorrow,” said McNaughton.

“At the outset the injury does not seem too serious, but we will wait to see the result of the scan and also how the injury settles before we review it tomorrow.”

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