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'I'd say if there was a game coming up, I'd probably be able to play'

Devin Toner has declared himself fit to play again less than six weeks after hobbling out of Leinster’s Guinness PRO14 semi-final win over Munster. 

The second row missed his team’s title-winning success the following weekend over Glasgow amid fears that he was facing a possibly truncated pre-season preparation for Ireland’s World Cup campaign in Japan. 

However, the strapping lock has used a club sponsorship launch in Ireland as the forum to announce that he is back fighting fit and has been training away with the national squad since last week.  

“It’s great. I’d say if there was a game coming up, I’d probably be able to play,” claimed Toner, who was on media duty in Ireland as the IRFU announced a new sponsor – Energia – for its club All-Ireland Leagues for the next five years. 

“It was a grade-two medial. A lot of lads have done it and said it was grand and that I would be back in five or six weeks.

“To me it felt bad because I have never done my knee before. I felt a little bit of a pop, so I thought it was bad, but because I was able to walk off the pitch and put weight on it, they told me it wasn’t too bad.

“I’m not doing contact or mauling or anything. I’m just doing kind of linear running and stuff from side-to-side. If I had to play, I would be able to strap it up and be able to play,” he added, going on to explain the way the Irish players will be preparing in the next while. 

“The way pre-season is, we did a hard two-week block. We have a week next week where we still have to kind of train on our own and then we are back in.

“When we come back in for that week, I’m hell for leather doing everything then, so it’s grand. It could have been a lot worse than what it was.”

WATCH: Part one of the two-part RugbyPass documentary on what fans can expect in Japan at this year’s World Cup

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'I'd say if there was a game coming up, I'd probably be able to play'