Row that was experienced Devin Toner is a surprise omission at Joe Schmidt Ireland World Cup squad, confirmed on Monday.
Since the Kiwi took over in 2013, starting 50 of their head coach 67 Tests in charge the Leinster lock was a constant member of Schmidt’s Ireland sides.
In his place, the squad has been made by the South African-born second row Jean Kleyn of Munster, even though only getting eligible with the Iain Henderson of Ulster Leinster’s James Ryan along with Munster’s Tadhg Beirne, over the summer another locks chosen.
Other big names to miss out include 2017 British and Irish Test Lion Jack McGrath in loosehead prop, together with Cian Healy and Dave Kilcoyne picked, whereas Connacht scrum-half Kieran Marmion also misses out despite appearing for a Schmidt favourite; Leinster’s Jack McGrath carrying the second nine slot along with Conor Murray.
Ulster usefulness back Will Addison has not done enough to make it in despite a promising screen in victory over Wales in Cardiff on Saturday, together using Munster’s Chris Farrell comprised among other centre options Garry Ringrose, Robbie Henshaw (equally Leinster) along with Bundee Aki (Connact).
The back-three selections are taken up from Keith Earls (Munster), Jacob Stockdale (Ulster), Rob Kearney (Leinster), Andrew Conway (Munster) and Jordan Larmour (Leinster).
At out-half, Jack Carty’s (Connacht) guy of the match screen in Wales is enough to watch him traveling before Ross Byrne (Leinster) and combined with Johnny Sexton (Leinster) and also Joey Carbery (Munster).
From the back-row, Jordi Murphy (Ulster) is a surprise exception as Rhys Ruddock (Leinster) is picked, together with all other selections anticipated: Peter O’Mahony (Munster), Josh van der Flier (Leinster), CJ Stander (Munster), Jack Conan (Leinster).
Anyhow, skipper Rory Best (Ulster), Niall Scannell (Munster) and Sean Cronin (Leinster) fill the hooker slots, even whereas Tadhg Furlong (Leinster), John Ryan (Munster) and Andrew Porter (Leinster) complete the brace picks – the latter of which will likely cover either side from the scrum.
The 31-man 2019 Rugby World Cup squad of ireland:
Forwards (17): Rory Best (c), Tadhg Beirne, Jack Conan, Sean Cronin, Tadhg Furlong, Cian Healy, Dave Kilcoyne, Iain Henderson, Jean Kleyn Peter O’Mahony Andrew Porter, Rhys Ruddock, James Ryan, John Ryan, Niall Scannell, CJ Stander, Josh van der Flier.
Backs (14): Bundee Aki, Joey Carbery, Jack Carty, Andrew Conway, Keith Earls, Chris Farrell, Robbie Henshaw, Rob Kearney, Jordan Larmour, Luke McGrath, Conor Murray, Garry Ringrose, Jonathan Sexton, Jacob Stockdale.
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