Kleyn and Farrell make the cut for Ireland squad

Paul Eddison
02 September 2019

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Munster duo Jean Kleyn and Chris Farrell and Connacht’s Jack Carty have all made the cut for Ireland’s World Cup squad.

Jean Kleyn

Second row Kleyn made his international debut against Italy at the start of August and gets the nod ahead of the experienced Devin Toner, while Farrell is preferred to Will Addison of Ulster.

Carty, meanwhile, is included among the fly-halves ahead of Ross Byrne, with Joey Carbery and Johnny Sexton also selected.

Joe Schmidt has chosen to go with just two scrum-halves, Conor Murray and Luke McGrath, while Dave Kilcoyne’s impressive display against Wales in Cardiff was enough for him to clinch a place among the props.

Elsewhere there is a vast experience with skipper Rory Best, Peter O’Mahony and Cian Healy all included in the forwards, with similar depth in the backs where Keith Earls and Rob Kearney provide options in the back three.

Schmidt admitted it had been a very tough process cutting his squad down but was satisfied with the balance of players included.

He said: “It was a difficult thing right from the start to have the 45 that we had.  We went down to 40 players and to go from 40 down to 31 was really difficult, but we had a process whereby we looked back through every training, looked through the games.

“There were some guys who obviously had more experience and probably had more credit in the bank and were more established and there were other guys who were trying to force their way into group and trying to get a balance of current form versus previous performance, it’s always a very, very difficult conundrum to try to solve.

“It was one of those typical selection meetings where maybe 20-25 of the players are listed straight away and it’s those ones where you’re are trying to get balance where it’s very difficult to choose between two players and two players offer slightly different things and you’re trying then to narrow down and trying to get the best balance across the squad of the entire 31 because that’s part of what you need to do because you’ve got to make sure you have cover that’s immediate even though you can replace players there is obviously a big time delay in that.”

Ireland beat Wales 22-17 in Cardiff on Saturday and will take on their Guinness Six Nations rivals again in Dublin in the reverse fixture in their final World Cup warm-up match.

They will then head out to Japan, with their first game against Scotland on September 22.

Ireland squad for the World Cup:

Forwards (17)
Rory Best (Ulster) (c)
Tadhg Beirne (Munster)
Jack Conan (Leinster)
Sean Cronin (Leinster)
Tadhg Furlong (Leinster)
Cian Healy (Leinster)
Dave Kilcoyne (Munster)
Iain Henderson (Ulster)
Jean Kleyn (Munster)
Peter O’Mahony (Munster)
Andrew Porter (Leinster)
Rhys Ruddock (Leinster)
James Ryan (Leinster)
John Ryan (Munster)
Niall Scannell (Munster)
CJ Stander (Munster)
Josh van der Flier (Leinster)

Backs (14)
Bundee Aki (Connacht)
Joey Carbery (Munster)
Jack Carty (Connacht)
Andrew Conway (Munster)
Keith Earls (Munster)
Chris Farrell (Munster)
Robbie Henshaw (Leinster)
Rob Kearney (Leinster)
Jordan Larmour (Leinster)
Luke McGrath (Leinster)
Conor Murray (Munster)
Garry Ringrose (Leinster)
Jonathan Sexton (Leinster)
Jacob Stockdale (Ulster)

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