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GORD'S GOT A CHANCE.

Byline: MICHAEL SCULLY

GORDON D'Arcy is on course to play in Ireland's last World Cup warm-up against England - and ensure his seat on the plane to New Zealand.

D'Arcy, 31, trained fully for the first time in Ireland camp yesterday as he continues to rehab after an early summer ankle operation. The Wexford man was keen to undergo surgery after last season ended rather than wait until after the World Cup - and that gamble now looks to be paying off.

Last night a source close to D'Arcy, inset, said: "He will be ready for the final warm-up game."

Ireland's main concern now is Stephen Ferris, who also faces a race against time to make the final home warm-up against England.

However, Ireland coach Declan Kidney has said that he will consider taking any player who hasn't featured in any of the five warm-ups.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Geographic Code:4EUIR
Date:Aug 9, 2011
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