Ireland fans will be delighted with the news that Paul O'Connell and Cian Healy are expected to be fit to face South Africa on Saturday.
The forward pair were in doubt for Ireland's opening November international at Lansdowne Road with back and shoulder problems respectivley but were both able to take full part in training on Tuesday.
O'Connell is the leading candidate to lead the team in regular skipper Brian O'Driscoll's absence, although Ireland have yet to confirm who will lead the team against the Springboks.
With established internationals Sean O'Brien, Stephen Ferris, Rob Kearney and Rory Best also ruled out, the news comes as a massive boost. Head Coach coach Declan Kidney names his team to face South Africa on Thursday.
"Paul trained fully today and did everything in training - scrum, line-out and contact," said assistant coach Mark Tainton.
"We'll see what happens over the next 24 hours but we don't envisage any reaction to what he did today. It's looking good from his side.
"Cian did a full session today and there were no problems with his shoulder during a live scrummaging session. He showed full power."
Ulster prop Declan Fitzpatrick is not training with the squad due to concussion.