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John Cooney is out of Ireland’s squad for the Rugby World Cup, with Joe Schmidt cutting another three players on Wednesday.
Ulster scrumhalf Cooney’s departure leaves three number nines in the reckoning for Japan – Conor Murray, Kieran Marmion and Luke McGrath.
Schmidt’s party has now been reduced to 40 members – 22 forwards, 18 backs – with prop Finlay Bealham and fullback Mike Haley also out of the squad.
Meanwhile the IRFU have confirmed the news Joey Carbery will be out for up to six weeks after he injured his ankle during the opening summer warm-up against Italy in Dublin.
There were also concerns over Devin Toner and Rob Herring following the 26-16 win over the Azzurri at the Aviva, but they have recovered from ankle and back problems respectively.
Ireland’s next fixture before they depart for Japan is against England at Twickenham on Saturday August 24th.
The team head to Portugal for a warm weather training camp on Wednesday.
Ireland Squad (Warm Weather Training Camp, Portugal 2019)
Rory Best (Banbridge/Ulster) 117 caps
Tadhg Beirne (Lansdowne/Munster) 6 caps
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