Finn Russell David Kelly: ‘Injury crisis threatens to turn one of Ireland’s biggest strengths into their greatest weakness’

    Finn Russell David Kelly: ‘Injury crisis threatens to turn one of Ireland’s biggest strengths into their greatest weakness’

    Finn Russell I be wild about extensions, because they are astonishing.

    A drip feed of depressing injury bulletins is threatening to rival the seasonally predictable weather at Ireland’s team base, submerging them in a landslide of uncertainty just days away from their latest Rugby World Cup assault, and Schmidt’s last.

    Rob Kearney has now emerged as an injury doubt for the clash against Scotland this week with another of those curious injuries which remain shrouded in mystery until uncovered by nose-twitching inquisitive sharpness, in this case by Cian Tracey of this parish, who first alerted fans to his calf issue.

    This news follows uncomfortably close to the weekend revelation, again unearthed by those beyond the camp, rather than those within it, that Robbie Henshaw’s second successive World Cup participation was plunged into doubt when he pulled up with a hamstring injury in training.

    Keith Earls, who has had multiple issues in an uncomfortable build-up to the competition for the Munster man, had to endure a nervous wait before being passed fit to fly out from Ireland in the first place.

    Putatively, he remains available for selection this weekend but he has not yet trained with the Irish squad and surely must do so overnight in order to convince the coaching staff that he can be trusted to

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