Sexton and Ryan rated 50/50 to face France

Sexton leaves the field of play against England

Jonathan Sexton and Donnacha Ryan have not yet been ruled out of playing against France in the RBS 6 Nations on Saturday week.

Sexton has been suffering with a hamstring picked up in the defeat to England on 10 February, while Ryan received a bruised shoulder during the frustrating loss to Scotland last Sunday. He is currently undergoing rehab.

The Irish management have said the chances of the duo playing against the French are currently 50/50.

In other news from the camp, Craig Gilroy has a groin injury. It is not a tear and he is expected to train fully next week.

Mike McCarthy’s medial knee ligament injury has progressed well to the point that he is also running and he will be retested at the end of the week to assess his availability for the Aviva Stadium clash.