Healy fully fit for Ireland

Date published: September 14 2015

Ireland have been handed a major boost ahead of their Rugby World Cup opener after Cian Healy was deemed fully fit to play.

The loosehead prop has been recovering from a neck injury throughout the last few months and missed all of Ireland's warm-up matches.

It had been feared that Healy would miss the World Cup but now he and every other member of Ireland's 31-man squad are ready for action according to team manager Mick Kearney.

Having a world class player in the shape of Healy back in time for the tournament is a major advantage for the Six Nations champions.

"The 31-man squad are all fit and available for selection against Canada for Saturday," Kearney told reporters.

"Cian's great, obviously Cian had a few dark days across the summer but towards the end of August he made fantastic progress.

"He's been in full training for the last two weeks and I'm delighted to report that he is available for selection at the weekend against Canada.

"I think the fact that he is available and is fit I think it's a huge boost to everyone in the squad and a huge boost to Cian as well.

"I think everyone is thrilled for him, because over the last 12 months between a couple of injuries and operations he's been out of action for a very long time.

"He worked incredibly hard over the course of the three or four months.

"I suppose there was a degree of pessimism about him for a while but certainly towards the end of August that all turned good and he's been really flying and in great form since then.

"And I think it would be great to see him get some game-time at the weekend."