Ireland have announced a clean bill of health ahead of the Six Nations trip to Italy, with Robbie Henshaw, Chris Farrell, Tadgh Beirne and Iain Henderson all providing Joe Schmidt with a timely and welcome boost.

Henshaw has fully recovered from the dead leg that ruled him out of the win against Scotland last time out, while Farrell and Beirne both took part in full training today, having overcome knee injuries.

Henderson played all 80 minutes of Ulster’s Pro14 8-0 win over Ospreys at the weekend, his first game of the year after a thumb problem, but he was cited for an incident in that game and faced an anxious wait to see if he'd be suspended for Sunday's mission in Rome.

The second row was cleared at a disciplinary hearing yesterday evening and is available for Joe Schmidt, providing a welcome lift for the players and the squad.

"It's great to have those guys back," said skills and kicking coach Richie Murphy at Carton House today, adding of Henderson: "It's like getting a new player back into the squad.

"It was a real plus he got a game under his belt last week. Hopefully this week, if he is involved, he can take a step forward."

Garry Ringrose is sidelined with a hamstring injury but he's not being ruled out of the France game.

On the possibility of Joey Carbery coming in for Johnny Sexton at out-half this weekend, Murphy said: "Both guys are in good form, but we will make a decision later this week." 

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