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Devin Toner was left out of the 31-man squad for the Rugby World Cup of Ireland in Japan.
The Leinster lock has been a routine under head coach Joe Schmidt, starting 50 of the Kiwi’s 67 Test matches in charge.
Munster’s South Africa-born Jean Kleyn was given the nod together with Ulster back Will Addison not included in the last selection.
Schmidt wasn’t expected to name his squad.
The side play their closing warm-up match at Dublin on Saturday against Wales, with their World Cup Pool A match coming September.
Three Ulster gamers, second row Iain Henderson captain Rory Best and wing Jacob Stockdale, are from the squad whilst missing out along with Addison are both fresh registering Jack McGrath and Jordi Murphy.
Kleyn just qualified for Ireland on residency two weeks before his Test debut, the 29-10 victory over Italy on August 10, but the 26-year-old edged out Toner, that showcased in all three World Cup warm-up games.
“I’ve coached Dev for a decade, he’s not only our line-out winner but he’s such a great player, and he’s an absolutely quality individual. That was an incredibly challenging conversation yesterday,” said Schmidt.
“Jean Kleyn – we all probably don’t have a specialist tight-head next row because such and I think we are on the lookout for that equilibrium. Tadhg Beirne gives us that flexibility and he is teamed up well at Munster this season.
“He offers you the danger within the ball like a 7 or 6 would and may play at the rear row. We have James Ryan who is created an opinion.
“Iain Henderson has promised a lot and performed amazingly well for us at times. We are going to want him to put his best foot forward so it was a very tight decision around Dev also.”
Connacht scrum-half Kieran Marmion has been left out with Schmidt although Chris Farrell receives the nod as a flexible back ahead of Addison going as Conor Murray’s backup.
“It was a tough thing right from the start to get the 45 that we had,” added Schmidt.
“We went to 40 players and also to move from 40 down to 31 was quite hard, but we had a procedure whereby we looked back through each coaching, looked through the games.
“There were a few men who obviously had more experience and likely had more charge from the bank and were more established.
“And there were other guys who were hoping to push their way to the team and seeking to obtain a balance of current form versus previous performance. It’s obviously a very, very difficult conundrum to attempt to address.”
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