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Leinster lock Devin Toner is the biggest casualty as Joe Schmidt this afternoon announced his 31-man squad for the World Cup.
Connacht scrum-half Kieran Marmion is also excluded as head coach Schmidt has decided on just a pair of scrum-halfs, Conor Murray and Leinster’s Luke McGrath as back-up, in a squad split into 17 forwards and 14 backs.
Munster centre Chris Farrell is another notable inclusion, edging out Will Addison for the final spot in the back division.
Connacht fly-half Jack Carty won out in the duel with Leinster’s Ross Byrne to take the third 10 spot, behind Jonathan Sexton and the injured Joey Carbery, who will be given every chance to recover from an ankle injury ahead of Ireland’s opening Pool A encounter against Scotland on 22 September.
There are 14 Leinster players, 12 from Munster, three from Ulster and two Connacht men.
The 33-year-old lineout spe
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