Henshaw is Ireland injury doubt for World Cup opener against Scotland

Garry Ringrose could benefit from Henshaw’s injury for the group stages opener in Chiba.

By Press Association Published: 14 September 2019 - 3.58pm



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Robbie Henshaw is an injury doubt for Ireland’s World Cup opener against Scotland, the PA news agency understands.

The British and Irish Lions centre is thought to have suffered a hamstring strain in training in Chiba on Saturday.

The 26-year-old had looked all set to partner Bundee Aki in a robust midfield pairing for Ireland’s Pool A opener in Yokohama on Sunday, September 22.

Garry Ringrose
Garry Ringrose could be drafted into the centres in place of Robbie Henshaw (Adam Davy/PA)

An injury threat for Henshaw now would leave Garry Ringrose likely to slot into the centres alongside Aki, though Chris Farrell could also provide a more direct replacement in the physicality stakes.

The versatile Will Addison was due to start Ulster’s pre-season clash at Glasgow on Saturday, only to be shifted to the bench in the minutes before kick-off. He was then kept under wraps as an unused replacement as Ulster lost 36-33 in Glasgow.

Addison narrowly missed out on Ireland’s 31-man World Cup squad but head coach Joe Schmidt highly values his abilities, especially in covering centre, wing and full-back – and fly-half at a stretch.

The former England Under-20s star would head the queue of replacements should Henshaw’s injury concern be deemed serious enough to threaten his participation in the tournament.