Rugby Toner set to miss out as Schmidt makes tough World Cup squad decisions

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JOE SCHMIDT IS set to spring a surprise omission in his 31-man Ireland squad for the World Cup with Devin Toner likely to miss out in the second row.

The 33-year-old has essentially been an ever-present figure during Schmidt’s tenure but is now set to be left out, with Munster’s twice-capped Jean Kleyn instead looking likely to travel to Japan.

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Devin Toner looks set to miss out on Ireland’s final World Cup squad.

Source: James Crombie/INPHO

Meanwhile,The42understands that Leinster’s Luke McGrath is set to edge out Kieran Marmion of Connacht for the second scrum-half spot in Schmidt’s squad.

Marmion has been a regular presence in Schmidt’s group in recent years but it now looks as though McGrath’s excellent performances in pre-season training, as well as his form

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