Joe Schmidt eased fears about the fitness of Johnny Sexton as he confirmed that the decision to replace the captain at half-time was pre-planned. 

The out-half missed the loss to Japan due to a quad strain but returned and kicked six points in today's 35-0 win over Russia before being substituted for Jack Carty at the break. 

"Johnny is all right," the head coach told RTÉ Sport.

"That was kind of a plan, 40 minutes this week maybe 60 next week and hopefully if we can get the right result then he should be pretty well perfect for anything that we can manage to get beyond that."

Asked later at the press conference, Sexton said: "Good, all good."

Late call-up Jordi Murphy departed after 27 minutes with a rib injury and Schmidt said the flanker would be monitored, while Joey Carbery, who was withdrawn from the replacements bench before kick-off, has bruising on the ankle injury that kept him out from the Italy warm-up game to the Japan defeat. 

"Jordi just got a bang on the ribs and was a bit uncomfortable," he said. 

"We had only planned to play him for 40 minutes anyway. He's just come into the squad. We’ll assess him afterwards.

"Joey is…in the end...Conor [Murray] was very keen to play.

"Joey was a little bit sore in the ankle just after the captain's run, he just kind of jarred his heel into the ground so there might be a little bit of bruising in the ankle but he should hopefully be fine as well."

"He felt a little bit tight in the groin," said the Kiwi about the decision to withdraw full-back Rob Kearney in the 50th minute. 

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