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World Rugby boss blasts Ireland’s World Cup selection

World Rugby vice president Agustin Pichot has attacked his own organisation’s International qualification policy after Devin Toner was left out of the Ireland squad.

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.

But Jean Kleyn has been given the nod ahead of Toner, with boss Schmidt selecting Munster’s South Africa-born star, which angered Pichot.


He tweeted: “If I was Devin Toner ….. I will be asking WR for answers.

“I feel sorry for him; nothing against for who was properly selected for the RWC19 by the way. But feel that way.”

It was only a week ago that the outspoken former Argentina star slammed the World Rankings after Wales moved up to number one in the world.

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