29 year old Ireland man Keith Earls is in doubt for Saturdays game against England.

He sat out yesterdays training down to a groin injury but will look to get back fit to at least get himself a place on the bench. It would be Jared Payne who would replace Earls; he himself has only just come back from an injury to the kidney that he sustained during the Autumn Internationals.

With only until Thursday to get back fit before Schmidt is to name his side, it could look like another game on the bench as he did in their last game against Wales which ended in another loss for the Irish in the tournament.

With England coming up against arguably the second best nation in the tournament, could it see upset for England? If Ireland turn up as they did at Soldier Field, then it is definitely possible.


Ireland V England: KO:5pm, Saturday 18th March, The Aviva Stadium.