Belfast Telegraph

Friday 22 August 2014

Ireland’s explosive backs will blow Russia away: Earls

Keith Earls

World Cup new boy Keith Earls today insisted Ireland's backline are ready to explode into life when they face Russia in Rotorua on Sunday.



On their day the Irish threequarters can be as dangerous as any in the game, but they have yet to set the tournament alight here.

Heavy rain put a dent in ambitions against the United States, while the pack did such a comprehensive job in crushing Australia that there was little need to involve the backs.

But Earls (right) has revealed they are hoping to become more involved against Russia.

“It's fair to say we haven't seen the best of us and that's down to conditions and playing the right territory on the pitch,” said Munster back Earls, playing in his first World Cup.

“Against America the weather wasn't great and it wasn't a day for flashing the ball around, so we kept it quite tight.

“Even then we managed to break out a couple of times.

“Against Australia there wasn't a need to throw it around the backs because the forwards were playing so well. You'll see a lot more from our backline, hopefully starting from this weekend.

“If we get good weather hopefully we'll spread the ball around.”

Winger Tommy Bowe suffered a bump on his calf against Australia and will undergo a scan today.

Paul O'Connell and Gordon D'Arcy continue to receive treatment on their hamstring injuries, while Stephen Ferris sat out training today in order to manage his workload, as has been normal for the Ulster ace this tournament.

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