Ireland Head Coach Joe Schmidt has confirmed that Robbie Henshaw has suffered a ‘tightness’ in his hamstring and is in doubt for Ireland's RWC opener against Scotland.
The Ireland centre will undergo a scan and the coach remains ‘hopeful’ that it won’t be too bad.
'Is it likely to rule him out of this week? Yes, you’d have to say it is likely – the fact that he did pull up – but we’d be hopeful that it’s not too bad. I don’t want to guess. We’ll get the scan and see.'
History could repeat itself as it appears the centre will not be available to face Scotland in the opener similar to what happened in 2015 when he missed the opening two games of that tournament with another hamstring problem.
Asked about the game against Japan by a local journalist, Schmidt commented
'I think it’s a tough order. Scotland will be very difficult for us and I think just a six day turnaround to Japan will be very tough. I know Jamie (Joseph) and Tony Brown well, they’re doing a great job. Japan were obviously very strong in the Pacific Nations Cup. We take one match at a time but we have got an eye on the quality that Japan have.'