Rugby Stockdale: Nobody will be ‘trotting around at 50%’

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Jacob Stockdale admits that players cannot fully shake off concerns about picking up costly injuries as Ireland begin a four-game World Cup warm-up series.

Joe Schmidt’s side face Italy on Saturday at the Aviva Stadium (live on RTÉ2) before a trip to face England at Twickenham on 24 August.

That is then followed by away and home ties with Wales on 31 August and 7 September.

Scotland provide the opposition for the opening World Cup game in Yokohama on 22 September.

The Ulster winger is assured of a place in the 31-man squad after a brilliant breakthrough season in 2018.

The 23-year old has scored 14 tries in 19 international games.

Geordan Murphy (2003) and David Wallace (2011) both missed out on the showpiece tournament after suffering injuries in warm-up games. 

“There is that worry of injury going into a World Cup warm-up game when realistically you are looking ahead to that World Cup and saying I want to make sure I’m there,” Stockdale told RTÉ Sport.

“But at the same time it’s your last opportunity to make sure you are playing your best rugby going into t

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