CJ Stander has declared himself ready to play his third World Cup match in 11 days when Ireland face Russia in Kobe on Thursday.
Johnny Sexton has branded Ireland’s stunning loss to Japan a “blessing in disguise” because it happened in the World Cup’s pool stages.
Ireland have called Ulster’s Jordi Murphy into their World Cup squad after confirming Jack Conan will miss the rest of the tournament with a broken foot.
Joe Schmidt has challenged Ireland to reassert their class by hitting back immediately after suffering one of the all-time World Cup shock defeats by Japan.
Ireland fear Jack Conan’s foot injury could prove a World Cup “setback” for the Leinster back-row forward.