Joe Schmidt has responded to Agustin Pichot after the World Rugby Vice-Chairman expressed his disappointment at Devin Toner’s exclusion from Ireland’s World Cup squad.
The Leinster lock was the shock exclusion from Schmidt’s squad announcement yesterday after it was confirmed that South African born Munster second-row Jean Kleyn had been selected in his stead.
Kleyn only qualified for Irish selection in the week of the first warm-up game against Italy and has now been chosen to travel to Japan with the squad despite having made just two appearances.
Pichot took to Twitter to air his views that Devin Toner was hard done by in Schmidt’s selection process. This comes after his statement last week that the world rankings were ‘ridiculous’ after Wales had leap-frogged New Zealand into first place despite never having beaten them.
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.
— Agustín Pichot (@AP9_) September 2, 2019
Schmidt was keen to highlight the contribution made to Irish society by those players born outside of Ireland, namely, CJ Stander and Bundee Aki.