Jordan Larmour and Andrew Conway start for Ireland against Scotland

Jordan Larmour and Andrew Conway start for Ireland against Scotland

Nonetheless, Unbiased.ie understands that Eire are establish to be without both Keith Earls and Settle Kearney as correctly as Henshaw (hamstring).

"As we have got closer to the game our training has been more about fine-tuning the hard work that has gone in over pre-season into a focus for Sunday's game".

"Everybody (barring Robbie Henshaw) is available for selection".

Farrell confirmed that Joey Carbery is fully fit, with the fly-half likely to take a seat on the bench against the Scots.

The Pool A blockbuster between Scotland and top-ranked Ireland could determine who wins the group, although hosts Japan will also be hoping to cause an upset. "His progress has been great".

Schmidt has only lost once in seven meetings against the Scots, often running out decent winners, but their free-flowing fellow Celts have troubled Ireland at times and Gregor Townsend's men may sense an opportunity.

James Ryan is central to Ireland's chances
James Ryan is central to Ireland's chances

"The intensity, the bite that's in training is very significant, and there's a completely different feel".

Ex-England playmaker and coach Farrell even threw himself into Ireland's contact training on Monday, the 44-year-old mixing it with the Test squad.

"That's what you want, them sorting things and themselves out". That's why I say cautiously that we're building.

Kearney impressed in Ireland's 19-10 victory over Wales that closed their World Cup warm-up fixtures in Dublin on 7 September. "In 48 hours time, I think you will see a very collective effort and that effort will make us tough to beat", the New Zealander told a news conference on Friday.

Just two weeks ago the Irish went to No 1 in the world rankings for the first time, though after a stellar 2018 they have lost three of their nine tests this year, finishing third in the Six Nations.

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