Devin Toner, Jordi Murphy, Kieran Marmion and Chris Farrell are seemingly the most surprising omissions from Ireland’s 31-man World Cup squad which was submitted to World Rugby on Monday.
The 33-year-old Leinster lock has numbered among Joe Schmidt’s most trusted lieutenants, starting 50 of the Kiwi head coach’s 67 Test matches as Ireland boss.
Devin Toner [67 caps], Kieran Marmion [27 caps] and Jordi Murphy [29 caps] are the big casualties expected when the IRFU release the final squad next Sundayhttps://t.co/b5pG3T4eNg— SportsJOE (@SportsJOEdotie) September 2, 2019
According to various reports, Munster’s South Africa-born Jean Kleyn has been given the nod ahead of Toner in the squad Ireland submitted to World Rugby on Monday.
Though Schmidt must submit his squad to World Rugby today, he will not officially announce his squad until Sunday, a day after Ireland’s final warm-up game against Wales in Dublin.
Ireland’s opening game of the World Cup is against Scotland on September 22nd.