Ireland claimed a dominant 44-10 victory over Romania on Sunday.
After Gal’s sin-binning, Bowe secured Ireland’s bonus point in the 62nd minute as the Romanians began to tire.
Come Sunday it will be over four weeks since Henshaw’s last action and Schmidt will know that he needs to get the Athlone man into the fray sooner rather than later or risk the inevitable rustiness when the games take a considerable leap in intensity.
Following the bonus-point victory, Ireland’s Jamie Heaslip said: “Romania made us work for it, but we are happy with the win”.
“Italy, after a win and a loss, need to win next weekend to qualify”. “It becomes a last-16 game for us”.
“I guess the next 24 to 48 hours will tell whether he’s done anything”. “We are hopeful at this stage he will be OK, the pain is through his glute and his hip”.
They will hit the ground running.
“Romania demonstrated how tough they make the game for you, because physically they are well put together”.
Tommy Bowe insists he can bounce back from his horror-show warm-up match against England and regain his starting Ireland spot at the World Cup.
“I was disappointed”, said Bowe on Monday referring to being omitted from the line-up for the Canada game.
The 29-year-old will now have everything crossed his World Cup campaign does not suffer a costly hiccup with Ireland closing in on quarter-final qualification.
With thousands of eyes on her, the mystery woman said yes and leapt into the arms of the worldwide rugby player – who plies his trade for European Challenge Cup side the Bucuresti Wolves and amateur SuperLiga club CSM.
Left wing Earls also touched down twice and Zebo was a constant menace with his willingness to attack from deep in an all-round impressive Irish backline display.
Most of the tournament record 89,267 in attendance had trooped out of Wembley, but those who remained were treated to a flourish of romance.
“You try and block a lot of it out during the game to stay composed, but sometimes their energy bleeds through to the squad”.
Wembley’s mexican wave produced such volume that Romania had to form a huddle in order to call their lineout, but they continued to frustrate with key turnovers deep in their own 22. The support has blown the squad away. The Irish ran in another superb try minutes later, Zebo the spark again unselfishly offloading to Kearney to score – though more worryingly the fullback, who was struggling for fitness prior to the tournament, limped back to the halfway line.
“I’m sure the neutrals want to see him play but I don’t know if we do to be honest!”
“Training-wise I think everybody’s just busting a gut to do all they can to put their hand up”.