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The IRFU have formally confirmed the 31-man squad they have submitted to World Rugby for the World Cup in Japan and, as reported, Devin Toner is one of the surprising omissions.
Jordi Murphy and Kieran Marmion are the other notable names to miss out, although contrary to leaks earlier on Monday, Chris Farrell makes the cut whereas Will Addison does not.
The IRFU brought forward the squad’s publication from its planned announcement next Sunday. Of the 41-man training squad in camp until last week, Rob Herring, Jack McGrath, Finlay Bealham, Tommy O’Donnell, Ross Byrne and Dave Kearney were also the recipient of the dreaded news from Joe Schmidt, who on Saturday had described this process four years ago as the worst days of his coaching career and “horrible”.
Sean Cronin, Jean Kleyn, Rhys Ruddock, Tadhg Beirne, Luke McGrath, Jack Carty and Andrew Conway have all been named.
Cronin was selected as one of three hookers along with Rory Best and Niall Scannell, while the performances of Dave Kiloyne, John Ryan and Andrew Porter in last Saturday’s 22-17 win over Wales cemented their places along with Cian Healy and Tadhg Furlong.
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