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Tadhg Furlong declares himself fit and well for Ireland's clash with Scotland

The tighthead missed out on the win over Wales with a hamstring complaint.

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TADHG FURLONG SAYS he is fully fit to face Scotland in this weekend’s Six Nations clash in the Aviva Stadium.

The Leinster tighthead pulled up with a hamstring injury early in the win over Italy last month and then missed out on the second home fixture of the year against Wales.

After Andrew Porter’s impressive run in the number three jersey however, Furlong reports that he trained fully at Carton House today, including sets of scrummaging and mauls, and is set to re-take his place in the front row as Ireland’s Grand Slam chase intensifies.

Forwards coach Simon Easterby reported a clean bill of health across the board for Ireland with Iain Henderson also returning to a full training load after injury.

Conor Murray and Jonathan Sexton, who did not take a full part in last week’s open session, also took a full part in today’s session in Maynooth.

“I think any side would be happy to have them come back into selection,” said Easterby.

“They are quality players who have proved that over the last couple of seasons, but certainly in the summer with the Lions, with some first class performances.

“It creates massive competition within the group. We feel at the moment we are building real quality depth. The guys who do not make the 23 at the weekend will feel they can come in and not drop the standard.”

- Originally published at 1.03pm

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