Ireland given clean bill of health ahead of New Zealand RWC quarter-final

Ireland given clean bill of health ahead of New Zealand RWC quarter-final

As of Monday morning, no member of Andy Farrell's 33-man Ireland squad had been ruled out of the Rugby World Cup clash with the All Blacks in Paris.

Wing Keith Earls and centre Robbie Henshaw could be available to feature at Stade de France after missing out against Scotland on Saturday with hamstring injuries.

Team manager Mick Kearney said: "James Ryan is seeing a specialist and we're hoping for better news than originally anticipated.

"Mack Hansen took a bang to his calf but is improving and both him and James Lowe are making good strides.

"Keith Earls and Robbie Henshaw are both in contention as they progress during the week and apart from that just some usual bumps and bruises after a physical Test match."

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Ireland secured their last-eight spot in emphatic fashion by topping Pool B thanks to a crushing 36-14 win over the eliminated Scots.

But that victory came at a cost as Hansen was forced off after returning from a head injury assessment before opening try scorer Lowe departed at half-time due to a bang in the eye.

Lock Ryan, who injured his other wrist in the 13-8 success over South Africa on September 23, then added to the list of concerns for head coach Farrell.

"We won't have a definitive on James (Ryan) until after he sees the specialist but certainly there is more optimism around James than probably what was originally anticipated," added Kearney.

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"Within the next 24 hours we should have a clearer picture of where James is at.

"At this stage, no one ruled out for the match against New Zealand."

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