Injuries delay Ireland team announcement

Updated: Sunday, 03 Feb 2013 21:09

Ireland have delayed the team announcement for their RBS 6 Nations clash with England at Aviva Stadium until Friday lunchtime to give their injured players time to recover.

Several knocks were picked up during the physical 30-22 victory over Wales in Cardiff, although as yet no one has been ruled out of next Sunday's potential title decider between the unbeaten rivals.

Number eight Jamie Heaslip has a cut leg and centre Gordon D'Arcy a dead leg, but the Leinster duo should be able to train this week.

Centre Brian O'Driscoll had several stitches inserted into a head wound but will participate in practice, as will prop Mike Ross, who suffered severe cramp at the Millennium Stadium.

A precautionary scan revealed no damage to full-back Rob Kearney's back, but substitute centre Keith Earls will see a specialist later this week to assess a shoulder problem.

Ireland host England in a match that could decide the winners of the 2013 Six Nations following France's shock 23-18 defeat by Italy in Rome this afternoon.

The successful team at Lansdowne Road next weekend will be installed as favourites to win the championship following emphatic opening-day victories over Wales and Scotland respectively.

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