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Friday 9 December 2016

Blues walking wounded should be fit for Ireland duty

Murphy happy with progress of injured Ireland hopefuls

Richie Murphy
Richie Murphy

Richie Murphy straddles two worlds recently at war in those of Leinster and Ireland.

The assistant coach for province and country wore his blue hat yesterday at the start of the final week for the province.

He confirmed the positive news about Cian Healy's neck surgery on Friday.

"He's had some pain relief already and they're really happy with that. The process would suggest that he will be fit and fine for the World Cup."

Healy will have to undergo a rehabilitation process of between 10-12 weeks to make him ready to participate in some of Ireland's warm-up internationals.

"He should play some part in those games," he added.

"It depends. Once he starts rehab, we will get a better idea of where he is. The state of play at the moment is that they are very happy with how the operation went."

The focus of Ireland has been to have the likes of Marty Moore, Luke Fitzgerald and Sean Cronin operated on for their injuries.

"There are always bits and pieces like that going on, but I think the major ones are all done.

"I think Darragh (Fanning) might have to get something done with his wrist, but it is minor enough.

"All the major ones are done. The reports are that they are all progressing well with the rehab and should be fit and ready to go."

OVERVIEW

With Ireland business taken care of, Murphy moved on to an overview of an unfamiliar season, one of failure.

"It is obviously a massive disappointment for us (to be) outside of that for the first time since I've been involved anyway," he said.

"Coming to the last game of the year not in competition is a very strange feeling but that is where we're at and we have to get better."

There will be a collective examination of Leinster's season in Europe and the PRO12 League once the match against Edinburgh is concluded on Saturday.

"That happens every year," he said. "We haven't actually talked about having a review because we are trying to prepare to win another game."

Leinster have already made the pro-active move to fast-track the involvement of 'the next generation' in light of the huge numbers they will be missing next season.

"That's why you have an academy and a strong academy," offered Murphy.

"Those guys are going to have a lot of pressure on them early season when they are going to have to play games.

"I don't think there is going to be a massive amount of people from outside.

"A lot of those lads have spent a lot of time with us over the past couple of weeks, a lot more time than they would have previously.

"Although they aren't getting game time at that level we are trying to integrate them into our squad and our way of thinking in what we are trying to do.

"The likes of Garry (Ringrose), Cian Kelleher, Ross Molony, these guys are in regularly with us and attending the senior meetings.

"That's the process we are going through at the moment."

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