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Devin Toner has been made from Ireland’s 31-man squad to the Rugby World Cup .
Even the Leinster lock was a routine under head coach Joe Schmidt, beginning 50 of the 67 Test of the Kiwi games in charge.
With Ulster back May Addison not included in the selection the South Africa-born Jean Kleyn of munster was given the nod before Toner.
Schmidt wasn’t predicted to name his group till Sunday.
The side play with their match using their World Cup Pool A game from Scotland September.
Three Ulster gamers, captain Rory Best row Iain Henderson and wing Jacob Stockdale, are at the group while missing out together with Addison are Jordi Murphy and new registering Jack McGrath.
Kleyn just qualified for Ireland on residency two days before his Test debut, the 29-10 victory over Italy on August 10, however, the 26-year-old edged out Toner, that featured in each of three World Cup warm-up games.
“I have coached Dev for a decade, he’s not simply our line-out champion but he’s such a great player, and he’s an absolutely quality individual. That was a remarkably tough conversation yesterday,” said Schmidt.
“Jean Kleyn – we probably don’t have a professional tight-head second row because such and I believe we’re on the lookout for that equilibrium. Tadhg Beirne gives us that versatility and he is teamed up with Kleyn at Munster this year.
“He offers you the danger over the ball such as a 7 or 6 would and may play in the rear row. We have James Ryan who’s made an immediate opinion.
“Iain Henderson has promised so much and performed incredibly well for us at times. We’re going to need one to put his very best foot forward so it was a very tight conclusion around Dev also.”
Connacht scrum-half Kieran Marmion has been left with Schmidt proceeding since Conor Murray’s back-up with Luke McGrath, although Chris Farrell also receives the nod.
“It was a tough thing straight from the start to have the 45 that we had,” added Schmidt.
“We went down to 40 players to move from 40 back to 31 was really hard, however we had a process where we looked back through every coaching, looked through the games.
“There were some men who clearly needed more experience and probably had more credit from the bank and have been established.
“And there were other guys who were hoping to force their way to the group and trying to have a balance of present form versus previous operation. It’s obviously a really very tough conundrum to attempt and solve.”
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