Rugby Rob Kearney left out of Ireland squad get together

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New dawn, new Rugby World Cup cycle, new head coach, new base, new lingo, new way of doing things. The Andy Farrell era is up and running after the recently installed Irish head coach unveiled a 45-man squad for Ireland’s first get-together under his watch which, as much as anything, has seemingly wiped the slate clean.

In the process, while many players will see the door has opened for them, others will believe that it has closed, either temporarily or permanently.

Into the latter category perhaps might fall Rob Kearney, assuredly the most capped and most notable omission, whose ambition of reaching 100 caps (he’s currently on 98, including three for the Lions) may now be just beyond reach. Not that one of the most decorated players in the history of Irish rugby might see it that way.

As well as playing in three World Cups and 11 Six Nations Championships, Kearney is the only Irish player who started all 20 games in the Grand Slams of 2009 and 2018, as well as the back-to-back titles of 2014 and 2015. The retired Rory Best also played in all 20, although was a replacement in four of them.

The only other player from the original 31-man World Cup squad not currently injured who was not included in yesterday’s list is Jack Carty, whose post-World Cup dip in form has seen him lose out to Stephen Fitzgerald as the first-choice Connacht outhalf.

The others who were in the 31-man

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