Rugby Rugby: Ireland’s Joe Schmidt fires back at Agustin Pichot over controversial Jean Kleyn selection

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Ireland coach Joe Schmidt has hit back at Agustin Pichot after the World Rugby vice-chairman made comments over the shock axing of veteran lock Devin Toner.

New Zealand-born Schmidt made the surprise call to dump Toner for South African-born Jean Kleyn, who only qualified for Ireland on residency two days before his test debut on August 10.

As a long-time advocate of overhauling the eligibility regulations, which will be extended from three to five years at the end of this year, Pichot fanned the flames of this divisive issue by expressing his disappointment for Toner.

“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,” Pichot 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.

— agustin pichot (@AP

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