D’Arcy back to bolster Irish hopes

Ireland have been handed a boost ahead of their final Pool C match against Italy this weekend, with the news that centre Gordon D’Arcy will be back fit and ready to return to the side. D’Arcy missed the comprehensive victory against Russia with a hamstring injury but has returned to full training this week. The 31-year should now be able to take his place alongside captain Brian O’Driscoll in the centres, in a match that Ireland will need to win if they are to progress to the quarter-finals as group winners.

Tommy Bowe was able to take part in some light training after his calf injury, as was Paul O’Connell, who has recovered from his hamstring strain enough to also take part in some training drills. Both players will be key to Ireland’s hopes in this tournament and head coach Declan Kidney will be hoping the duo are able to join the rest of the squad in time to be considered for this weekend’s clash. Fans of rugby union betting will know how vital they can be for the side.

Rob Kearney, Keith Earls and Sean O’Brien are still doubtful for the weekend’s match after sitting out training again following their respective injuries picked up against Russia. The trio haven’t been ruled out and will be given until the last moment to prove they are fit enough to play.

Ireland won’t be able to take any chances for this weekend’s match against the Italians, knowing full well that defeat could see them on a plane home, irrespective of their famous victory against Australia earlier in the group. Those looking at the Rugby Union World Cup betting must remember this.

Team manager, Paul McNaughton, has insisted the squad always knew they were going to need to beat Italy to progress to the knock-out stages and nothing has changed in that respect despite beating Australia. Italy will be determined to prolong their World Cup campaign and will take advantage any slack Irish approach, something McNaughton is well aware of.

“We always knew we had to beat Italy,” he said.

“We’re all very pleased to beat Australia but Italy was the game we had to win.. The team has focused on each match. Nobody is thinking about the draw or anything like that.”

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