Ireland boss reveals the player likely to replace Robbie Henshaw in World Cup squad

Jared Wright
Ireland centre Robbie Henshaw attempts to run past Tonga's Sione Havili Talitui during the Rugby World Cup Pool B match between Ireland and Tonga at the State de la Beaujoire in Nantes

Ireland centre Robbie Henshaw attempts to run past Tonga's Sione Havili Talitui during the Rugby World Cup.

Ireland boss Andy Farrell has revealed the player most likely to replace centre Robbie Henshaw in his Rugby World Cup squad.

Henshaw sustained a hamstring injury in training this week, which saw him miss out on selection for Ireland’s Pool B finale against Scotland on Saturday.

Robbie Henshaw’s injury

Adding to that, the Leinster centre will be unavailable until at least the tournament’s semi-finals.

“He pulled up with a hamstring, unfortunately, at the end of the session on Tuesday and the diagnosis with hamstrings, they want to see how things settle down,” said Farrell.

“It probably takes about five days for that type of thing to happen, but it looks like it could be a minimum of a couple of weeks at this stage.”

Farrell added that Henshaw will “obviously” remain in France as they assess his injury and he begins rehabbing but also revealed his thinking of a potential replacement.

While the Ireland boss said that they may not replace Henshaw, he added that they may make the call after the game against Scotland with Cian Healy likely to come into the squad.

The veteran prop suffered a calf issue in Ireland’s final warm-up game against Samoa before the tournament but last week posted videos on social media of him back in training.

“It all depends in regards to if someone else goes down (against Scotland),” said Farrell.

“What does the squad need? What do we need to be able to prepare properly?

“It’s not always a replacement like for like, so Cian is obviously one of those players who’s at the forefront of our minds.”

Cian Healy update

Last week, Healy posted his fitness update on social media, writing: “It wasn’t easy getting here, but happy the body still knows how to recover ahead of schedule.”

“Looking forward to getting back to it and will be forever grateful to those who got me to this point.”

It has not been uncommon for coaches not to make like-for-like switches in their World Cup squads, with South Africa replacing injured hooker Malcolm Marx with fly-half Handre Pollard recently.

Meanwhile, Farrell has named his squad to tackle Scotland, with Stuart McCloskey replacing Henshaw in a matchday 23 closely resembling the one that defeated South Africa.

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