Ireland have been given a much needed boost ahead of their opening game in the Rugby World Cup after the news that centre Gordon D’Arcy has been given the all clear to fly to New Zealand and link up with the squad ahead of the USA game next week.
The Leinster centre has been troubled by a calf injury and was told to stay in Ireland with Cian Healy until he was given the all clear that he was fit. D’Arcy will now fly out to the Ireland camp as soon as possible but is unlikely to play in the opening game considering he hasn’t played for a while and the jet lag he is likely to suffer from the travel.
He will now travel with Healy, who flies out on Saturday. The prop suffered an eye injury during Ireland’s defeat to England and as a precaution remained behind to recover.
In terms of news from New Zealand, the Irish squad arrived to a warm welcome yesterday after two gruelling days of travel. The squad are based in Queenstown ahead of their opening clash against USA on September 11th. Rob Kearney was the only player to sit out the first training session as a precaution. The full back is suffering from a groin injury but should be fit in time for the Group C clash.
By Ryan Bailey, @ryanbaileysport