Sexton fit but Best now a doubt

Date published: November 3 2014

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Jonny Sexton will be ready to take on the Springboks on Saturday but hooker Rory Best could be missing for Ireland.

Jonny Sexton will be ready to take on the Springboks on Saturday but hooker Rory Best could be missing for Ireland.

While Sexton was initially believed to be struggling with a tweaked hamstring, Ireland team manager Michael Kearney was confident he would be fit to play.

Ulster hooker Best is more of a concern however as he tries to overcome a tight calf, although there was better news about prop Mike Ross.

Best is currently doing modified work in an attempt to be ready for the weekend, but if he were to miss out either Richardt Strauss or Sean Cronin would come in.

“Rory Best has a tight calf that will be monitored all week,” said Kearney.

“He will go through modified work today (Monday) and will be monitored as the week goes on.

“It’s probably a little bit more difficult to say with Rory, but he will do modified work and be monitored closely.

“Mike Ross went through some running and multi-directional work as well as static team work on Friday, and will be introduced to full training over the next few days.

“He will be closely monitored but the prognosis is positive and we are reasonably confident he will be available for selection.

“We don’t have a concern over Jonny (Sexton). He will be expected to play a full part in the sessions over the week.

“It had been pre-arranged that he would come off at the weekend; he was always going to play a limited part in the Racing game.”

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