The 21-year-old is likely to prove a mainstay of Ireland’s Six Nations campaign now that his fitness doubt has been resolved. Connacht’s Kieran Marmion is at least one scrum-half fit to train this week, but Schmidt’s determination to have Reddan in action in Rome is clear given Ireland have tasked their medics with aiming to fast-track his return to fitness. Ireland will already be without British and Irish Lions fly-half Johnny Sexton for their Stadio Flaminio clash, with the Racing Metro man still completing a 12-week lay-off after four concussions in 12 months. Schmidt will not want to be without Sexton’s Lions half-back partner Murray, but should the Munster playmaker fail to recover from neck trouble he will certainly want to call on Reddan’s vast experience. Ireland chiefs remain hopeful Eoin Reddan will beat his medial knee ligament strain in time to face Italy in the Six Nations opener in Rome. Leinster number eight Jamie Heaslip is carrying a shoulder problem, and will not take part in contact work in Ireland training this week. “Eoin strained medial ligaments in his knee and is being rehabbed in an effort to be fit for the first game of the Six Nations,” read an Ireland statement. Head coach Joe Schmidt’s 46-man training squad convened at the Carton House base on Monday to start preparations for their Six Nations title defence in earnest. Munster lock Dave Foley was unable to throw himself into proceedings, as he suffered ligament damage to his wrist in the weekend’s 65-10 hammering of Sale Sharks. “Scans have confirmed ligament damage in Dave’s wrist and he will have a surgical consultation this week,” read the Ireland statement. “Conor (Murray) is scheduled to have further scans this week. “Jamie’s (Heaslip) shoulder continues to recover, he will be rested from contact this week.” Ireland confirmed that Connacht centre Robbie Henshaw is fit to train after ankle trouble, in one piece of news that will be a big boost to boss Schmidt. The Leinster scrum-half damaged his knee in Saturday’s 20-20 Champions Cup draw with Wasps, and now faces a race against time to be ready to take on Italy on Saturday, February 7. Munster scrum-half Conor Murray is “scheduled to have further scans this week” on the disc problem in his neck that also threatens to rule him out of Ireland’s opening Six Nations clash. Press Association
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Hastert, an Illinois Republican, flew in a small commuter-size jet. Pelosi and her aides say that because her congressional district is in California, her security would require a larger plane that can fly coast to coast without refueling. “It’s not a question of size, it’s a question of distance,” Pelosi said. “We want an aircraft that can reach California.” Navy Cmdr. Jefrey Gordon, a Pentagon spokesman, said Pelosi would be offered “shuttle service for no more than 10 passengers between Washington and San Francisco only based on aircraft availability.” “This does not guarantee nonstop transport,” Gordon said. Rep. Adam Putnam of Florida, the No.3 Republican leader, said he supported the tradition of House speakers having access to secure airplanes with secure communications because of their spot in the presidential line of succession. But he called Pelosi’s desire for a large transport “an extravagance of power that the taxpayers won’t swallow.” White House spokesman Tony Snow said that after the 2001 suicide hijackings, the Pentagon, with White House consent, agreed to provide military transport to the speaker of the House. “What is going on is that the Department of Defense is going through its rules and regulations and having conversations with the speaker about it,” he said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – Republicans on Wednesday assailed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s request for access to an Air Force transport plane as an extravagance, though former Speaker Dennis Hastert flew in a military jet as well. Republicans are taking issue with the size of the plane. Pelosi had asked for access to a C-32 plane, a military version of the Boeing 757-200. A Defense Department spokesman said Wednesday that the Pentagon informed Pelosi’s staff she would be provided with a plane but that its size would be based on availability. After the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the Pentagon agreed to provide the House speaker, who is second in the line of presidential succession, with a military plane for added security during trips back home.