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Ireland Name 31-Man Rugby World Cup Squad Ahead Of Schedule

Ireland Name 31-Man Rugby World Cup Squad Ahead Of Schedule

Ireland have announced their 31-man Rugby World Cup squad six days ahead of schedule.

Schmidt submitted his squad for the tournament to World Rugby today but was not expected to make an official announcement until Sunday, the day after Ireland's final warm-up game against Wales.

The squad being leaked to a number of newspapers early on Monday likely forced Schmidt to show his hand.

As reported earlier, Devin Toner misses out with Munster's South African-born second row Jean Kleyn taking his place.

Contrary to earlier reports, Chris Farrell makes the squad with Will Addison missing out.

Other big names to miss out include Connacht scrum-half Kieran Marmion and Ulster backrow Jordi Murphy.

The squad will be captained by Rory Best.

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Ireland play Scotland in their opening game of the tournament on September 22nd.

Ireland Rugby World Cup Squad

Fullback/Wings

Rob Kearney, Jordan Larmour, Keith Earls, Jacob Stockdale, Andrew Conway

Centres

Robbie Henshaw, Bundee Aki, Garry Ringrose, Chris Farrell

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Out-halves

Jonathan Sexton, Joey Carbery, Jack Carty

Scrum-halves

Conor Murray, Luke McGrath

Loosehead props

Cian Healy, Dave Kilcoyne

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Tighthead props

Tadhg Furlong, Andrew Porter, John Ryan

Hookers

Rory Best (captain), Niall Scannell, Sean Cronin

Second rows

James Ryan, Iain Henderson, Jean Kleyn, Tadhg Beirne,

Backrows

CJ Stander, Peter O'Mahony, Josh van der Flier, Jack Conan, Rhys Ruddock

See Also: Conor Murray Pinpoints Why Rory Best Is Still The Man To Captain Ireland

PJ Browne
Article written by
Kerryman. Write mostly about Gaelic games and athletics. Did not win a 2008 NBA title with the Boston Celtics.

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