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In pics: Cian Healy training with Ireland in Cork

The prop was in sharp focus and full flow at Joe Schmidt’s session today.

Updated 19.30

A view of training Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

CIAN HEALY WAS a welcome participant as Joe Schmidt’s Ireland side ran through an open training session in Cork today.

The loosehead has emerged as a major doubt for the looming Rugby World Cup after undergoing surgery on a neck injury before the end of last season.

Can Healy Source: Billy Stickland/INPHO

The still images from Musgrave Park do not show Healy taking part in contact training

Contact is often omitted from open sessions, however. And running on the angle past Marty Moore is none-the-less a heartening image to see.

Cian Healy and Marty Moore Source: Billy Stickland/INPHO

Jack McGrath posed for a picture with this young Irish ruby fan

Jack McGrath with Donncha Sands Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

Schmidt emerges from the tunnel in Cork

Joe Schmidt Source: Billy Stickland/INPHO

All the onlookers wanted a piece of Sean O’Brien

Sean O'Brien and Les Kiss Source: Billy Stickland/INPHO

And local lad done good Simon Zebo

Simon Zebo Source: Billy Stickland/INPHO

Peter O’Mahony never shirks a head-to-head

Sean O'Brien and Peter OÕMahony

Robbie Henshaw hit the pads

Robbie Henshaw Source: Billy Stickland/INPHO

Conor Murray puts his knee through kicking pressures

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Jonathan Sexton gets his stretch on

Jonathan Sexton Source: Billy Stickland/INPHO

Fans were out in force

Ireland fans at today's training Source: Billy Stickland/INPHO

Church attempted to trap a ball between his knees

Cian Healy Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

Ian Keatley got a training run for the bibbed side

Ian Keatley Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

Paul O’Connell and Simon Zebo were cooled off

Paul O'Connell cools down Source: Billy Stickland/INPHO

Simon Zebo cools down Source: Billy Stickland/INPHO

A creed to live by

Joe Schmidt talks to his players Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

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