As expected, Rob Kearney and Garry Ringrose performed full with the Irish squad at the base in the carton house Tuesday after missing 28-17 victory over Argentina, like Kieran Marmion and Bundee Aki, who rolled their ankles last Saturday's match.
"All trained, all trained" repeated defense consultant Andy Farrell. "We had a whole session and obviously we will find out in the next 24 hours, but they are on track."
Save for those already excluded, Sean Brien, Robbie Henshaw and Conor Murray, Ireland thus has a full tire to choose from and given how often and well kicks all blacks, almost always with a view to regain possession, the expectation is that Kearney will be reinstated.
"Someone would love to have Rob Kearney in the squad," Farrell acknowledged. "The experience alone of what he has gone through and obviously the experience of playing against New Zealand before he is the key to any squad. I think we have a good foundation behind Rob too and people ready and willing to enter if needed .
"They (all black) na do not just kick, they kick very accurately and kick on their feet. Their ability to get into the air and make room for the ball is just up there, so, Rob, I think we all know he's outstanding in that area. He has talked to the rest of the guys for the rest of the week and gave his tips on how to do it too, so it's a collective. See, the ball will not just be on Rob, it will be on the two wings and anybody is in the backfield. "
Farrell was also asked if he and Stuart Lancaster could take over the Irish coaching revenues from Joe Schmidt after the next World Cup was such a scenario to cope and, with a smile, said ironically: "Thank you very much!
"Look, that kind of thing, you do not expect to answer it today in the week that we have. What I would say about it is that I have a great job: I really enjoy working under Joe, learning. Joe will make my decision on time. I will continue to enjoy me and hopefully keep getting better. "
Similarly, when it was told to him as Steve Hansen had suggested, Ireland was accustomed to being called the best side in the world if they win on Saturday, and where he was "with it," he repeatedly angry: "Thank you very much again ! "
"No," he said, meaning he did not have it. "Not when a page has been the top of the tree for nine years as they have and let's be fair, it's been longer than that really. There's only one layer that's the top of the tree. But it's an important year. important for us to continue building and keep trying to close that gap. "