Devin Toner is set to be the big omission from Ireland’s final 31-man Rugby World Cup squad according to multiple reports this morning.
Ruaidhri O’Connor of the Irish Independent reports that Toner will be left out of the final 31-man squad as Joe Schmidt opts to include Munster second-row Jean Kleyn.
Kleyn made his Ireland debut in the first warm-up game against Italy and subsequently made his second appearance in the record defeat to England at Twickenham.
Schmidt will submit his squad to World Rugby today before officially announcing his final selection on Sunday, August 8, the day after Ireland’s final warm-up game against Wales.
It is also reported that Luke McGrath will edge out Kieran Marmion for the back-up scrum-half spot while Rhys Ruddock could oust Jordi Murphy in the back-row.
Elsewhere, Chris Farrell could miss out as Schmidt favours Will Addison who made his first appearance since January in Saturday’s win over Wales in Cardiff.
This means that Andrew Conway will also travel alongside Jordan Larmour as back-three cover.
Reported Ireland World Cup squad:
Backs: Rob Kearney, Will Addison, Jordan Larmour, Keith Earls, Jacob Stockdale, Andrew Conway, Robbie Henshaw, Bundee Aki, Garry Ringrose, Johnny Sexton, Joey Carbery, Jack Carty, Conor Murray, Luke McGrath.
Forwards: Cian Healy, Dave Kilcoyne, Rory Best (capt), Niall Scannell, Sean Cronin, Tadhg Furlong, Andrew Porter, John Ryan, James Ryan, Iain Henderson, Jean Kleyn, Tadhg Beirne, CJ Stander, Peter O’Mahony, Josh van der Flier, Jack Conan, Rhys Ruddock.