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  Saturday, 20 October, 2001, 21:34 GMT 22:34 UK
Ulster concern over Humphreys
Mike Catt tries to get past David Humphreys
Humphreys is about to tackle England's Mike Catt
Ireland star David Humphreys is an injury doubt for Ulster's Heineken Cup match against Stade Francais in Paris on Saturday.

Humphreys picked up an ankle injury in Ireland's stirring Six Nations win over England and hobbled into the post-match banquet aided by crutches.

The Irish out-half told BBC Sport that he was optimistic he would be fit for Ulster's match but he nevertheless, has to be regarded as a major injury concern.

"I really believe that I'm going to be fine for Ulster's game against Stade," said Humphreys.

"I've had a lot of physio tonight, and at the moment I'm just trying to keep as much weight off the ankle as possible," he added.


I have always said this team would be a better side two years down the line
Warren Gatland

Leinster are also anxiously awaiting the fitness of Brian O'Driscoll before their Pool Six game against Newport at Donnybrook.

O'Driscoll twisted a knee furing the first half and had running repairs throughout the game.

''I will be having a scan later this week to ascertain the full damage,'' said O'Driscoll, who also was being treated for a damaged finger.

Meanwhile, delighted Irish coach Warren Gatland said his team could get even better after their shock win over England.

"Our aim is to compete with the best teams in the world," Gatland said.

"We have done that today, and now we have got New Zealand in a few weeks time and we have to see if we can step up again and compete with them.

"I have always said this team would be a better side two years down the line, and I think we can get better."

Ireland's New Zealand-born coach, who now seems certain to be offered a new Irish contract through to the next World Cup, said the win had been a team effort.

"I thought the backs were outstanding, the width we put on the game and the pressure we put the England backs under was tremendous."

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