Rugby Rugby World Cup: Ireland coach Joe Schmidt drops Devin Toner for South African-born lock

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Rugby Devin Toner will not be at the Rugby World Cup in Japan after being left out of the Ireland squad.

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Devin Toner will not be at the Rugby World Cup in Japan after being left out of the Ireland squad.

​Devin Toner and his 67 caps were left out of Ireland’s Rugby World Cup squad on Monday (Tuesday NZT) in favour of a South African-born lock who made his debut less than a month ago.

Toner started 50 of Joe Schmidt’s 67 tests as Ireland coach, but he was the biggest name to miss out on the squad for the Rugby World Cup in Japan this month.

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Steve Hansen says he’s not pressured by high expectations for the All Blacks ahead of Rugby World Cup.

His omission drew sympathy from World Rugby vice-chairman Agustin Pichot.

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 (@AP9_) September 2, 2019

“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.

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