Schmidt gives update on van der Flier, Kearney and Henshaw
March 11, 2019 11:10 am Conor Sharkey
Joe Schmidt provided an update on Josh van der Flier following Ireland’s Guinness Six Nations win over France at Aviva Stadium on Sunday.
The Leinster Rugby flanker was withdrawn 23 minutes into the game and replaced by Leinster teammate Jack Conan who returned having missed the win over Italy in Round 3.
“Josh van der Flier, he kind of got twisted a little bit awkwardly, so we’ll know more about that in the next couple of days,” Schmidt said after the game.
“But we wanted to get him off just knowing what we’ve got coming up with a six-day turnaround. Then we can find out whether he’s going to be ok and forge ahead for next week.
“It was a really good opportunity for Jack Conan to get out there. I’d said during the week he was initially planned to start against Italy. He’s been chomping at the bit ever since. He got out there and did a really good job.”
Rob Kearney was due to start at full-back for Ireland but was withdrawn from the starting XV before kick-off, with Jordan Larmour stepping in.
“I think Rob Kearney will be a really good chance (of being fit for Wales). He just had calf tightness yesterday. Right through this Six Nations we’ve tried to utilise the full squad as much as possible. It gave Jordan an opportunity to come in today.
“Look, I’d be surprised if Rob wasn’t training on Tuesday, or Wednesday, depending on when we next train. It will just depend on how the recovery goes, tomorrow and Tuesday.”
Schmidt was also asked about Robbie Henshaw who hasn’t featured since the opening round defeat to England due to a dead leg.
“Robbie is recovering but a bit slower than expected.
“It’s just unfortunately lingered. It’s a long, long time ago since I played but I had one and sometimes it’s almost impossible to get rid of it fast. You’ve just got to let it recover in its own time.”
Jack Conan – Key Stats – 2019 Guinness Six Nations
Minutes played – 137
Tries – 1
Metres made – 35
Carries – 17
Passes – 4
Tackles – 35
Robbie Henshaw – Key Stats – 2019 Guinness Six Nations
Minutes played – 80
Metres made – 42
Carries – 11
Passes – 4
Defenders beaten – 3
Tackles – 3
Rob Kearney – Key Stats – 2019 Guinness Six Nations
Minutes played – 160
Metres made – 103
Carries – 19
Passes – 3
Clean breaks – 3
Tackles – 9
Jordan Larmour – Key Stats – 2019 Guinness Six Nations
Minutes played – 129
Metres made – 96
Carries – 13
Passes – 8
Clean breaks – 1
Tackles – 4
Josh van der Flier – Key Stats – 2019 Guinness Six Nations
Minutes played – 143
Metres made – 17
Carries – 13
Passes – 5
Tackles – 26