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Dublin – South Africa-bornJean Kleynwho only became eligible to play forIrelandin August edged out veteran second row forward Devin Toner when head coach Joe Schmidt announced his Rugby World Cup squad on Monday.

Kleyn, 26, won his first cap against Italy on August 10 two days after he became eligible through the three year residency rule.

Toner can feel hard done by, the 33-year-old Leinster stalwart — a key figure in the 2018 Six Nations Grand Slam campaign — starting 50 of Schmidt’s 67 Test matches as Ireland boss.

World Rugby vice president Agustin Pichot joined the debate about Toner’s controversial omission, suggesting he should ask the governing body, World Rugby, “for answers”.

Pichot, who played for Argentina as a scrumhalf, tweeted:“If I was Devin Toner…I will be asking WR for answers. 

“I feel sorry for him; nothing against who was properly selected for the RWC19 by the way. But feel that way.”

Also missing out for Ireland was scrumhalf Kieran Marmion, who last November

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