Injuries delay Ireland team announcement

Ireland's Mike Ross suffered severe cramp playing against Wales at Millennium Stadium, but he will take full part in training this week

Ireland have delayed the team announcement for their RBS 6 Nations clash with England at Aviva Stadium until Friday lunchtime to give their injured players time to recover.

Several knocks were picked up during the physical 30-22 victory over Wales in Cardiff, although as yet no one has been ruled out of next Sunday's potential title decider between the unbeaten rivals.

Number eight Jamie Heaslip has a cut leg and centre Gordon D'Arcy a dead leg, but the Leinster duo should be able to train this week.

Centre Brian O'Driscoll had several stitches inserted into a head wound but will participate in practice, as will prop Mike Ross, who suffered severe cramp at the Millennium Stadium.

A precautionary scan revealed no damage to full-back Rob Kearney's back, but substitute centre Keith Earls will see a specialist later this week to assess a shoulder problem.

Ireland host England in a match that could decide the winners of the 2013 Six Nations following France's shock 23-18 defeat by Italy in Rome this afternoon.

The successful team at Lansdowne Road next weekend will be installed as favourites to win the championship following emphatic opening-day victories over Wales and Scotland respectively.