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Stephen Ferris believes Ireland are carrying too many injuries and some of the players are simply not match-fit.
Jordi Murphy, Joey Carbery, Rob Kearney, Robbie Henshaw, Chris Farrell and Johnny Sexton have had or are nursing injuries, while Jack Conan returned home after suffering a fractured foot in training.
The squad have seven days before the next outing, a match against Samoa that can pave the way for a quarter-final tilt.
But former Ireland back row Ferris reckons that more players need to get more field time and is worried that time is running out.
“You can run all day and do as much strength and conditioning work as you want pre-season but when it comes down to it it’s about getting match-minutes,” the Ulster man told the RTE Rugby podcast.
“Johnny Sexton played 63 minutes in four warm-up ga
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