Murphy confident of full Irish complement

Date published: February 10 2016

Ireland assistant coach Richie Murphy is confident that the entire squad will be fit and ready for selection ahead of Saturday's Six Nations clash with France.

After taking a knock to the head, Keith Earls is the biggest concern following the bruising encounter with Wales in their tournament opener. Aside from the winger, Jonathan Sexton, Simon Zebo and Andrew Trimble were all on the sidelines during training on Tuesday.

"We are squeezed for time but no player is going to be ruled out yet," Murphy told the official Six Nations website

"We will be picking the best team to go to war with France at the weekend. Keith is not ruled out at the moment. He is in the middle of that return to play protocol so we will just see how he progresses over the next few days. 

"It is a little bit unique to push selection back a little, to see who is fit and healthy, and who is ready to go."

On a positive note, Sean O'Brien and Tommy O'Donnell are back in training as well.

"All those players who played at the weekend have come back to camp, Rob Herring, Paddy Jackson, Stuart McCloskey, all returned fit and healthy," added Murphy.

"Mike Ross and Cian Healy are still with Leinster and seem to be progressing well. I think both of them are available for their game (against Zebre) on Friday night. They are not in the Ireland squad at the moment."