Rob Kearney has admitted Ireland are braced for heavy criticism after slipping from Grand Slam champions to mid-table in the space of a year.
Rob Kearney and Joey Carbery must still prove their fitness ahead of Ireland’s Guinness Six Nations clash in Wales on Saturday.
Rob Kearney insists Ireland have no problems with Johnny Sexton venting his frustrations about the patchy form of Joe Schmidt’s men.
Joe Schmidt has hit back at critics of his tactics by insisting Ireland boast a “very varied game” despite their comprehensive Guinness Six Nations loss to England.
Rob Kearney will return at full-back for Ireland’s Guinness Six Nations trip to Scotland, with Chris Farrell parachuted into the centres.
Rob Kearney is expected to return at full-back for Ireland’s Guinness Six Nations trip to Scotland on Saturday.
Robbie Henshaw could make a surprise switch to full-back for Ireland’s Six Nations opener against England on Saturday.
Iain Henderson has suffered a finger injury that will dent Ireland’s resources at lock for the start of their Six Nations defence.
Munster’s influential lock Tadhg Beirne will miss Ireland’s opening two Guinness Six Nations clashes due to a knee injury.