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Joe Schmidt names 44 players in Irish World Cup training squad

(Back in the Irish squad, UL Bohs Tommy O’Donnell)
By Frank Quinn
THERE are 44 players named by the Ireland coaching team in a training squad for the upcoming Rugby World Cup pre-season and preparatory camps which commence in mid-June.
Over the course of the pre-season period the squad will hold camps at their usual base in Maynooth. Open sessions are planned for both the Sportsground in Galway and Thomond Park in Limerick. Training starts fresh in mid June after a bit of a holiday.
Not many real surprises with just two uncapped players, Jean Kleyn (26 year-old) and Mike Haley who will be 25 on the 28th June, both of Munster. Tommy O’Donnell is a bit of a surprise after recovering from injury which shows that the Munster player must be highly rated by Joe Schmidt.
The breakdown in Clubs is: Leinster 18 – 41%, Munster 15 – 34%, Ulster 6 – 14% and Connacht 5 – 11%.
The two most successful clubs have 33 players between them and 75% of the squad.
For the record: the RWC appearances are as follows if selected in final squad:
Rory Best’s fourth appearance in the final stages equals Paul O’Connell and Brian O’Driscoll
It will be a third appearance for: Rob Kearney, Johnny Sexton, Conor Murray, Keith Earls, Sean Cronin and Cian Healy.
The 31 players eventually chosen for the World Cup will feature the normal breakdown of 17 forwards and 14 backs. As usual it will include three hookers, three tens and three nines in the the technical positions, and an extra prop
In addition there will be a Standby Group for injuries made up of our best utility back, scrum half, out half, three front row players, utility second and back row coverage, who need to keep themselves in reasonable nick.
The 31 travelling squad has to be named before the 8th September to World Rugby and the first game against Scotland is scheduled for the 22nd September at 8.45 am in Yokohama.
Ireland will play at the Aviva Stadium in two Guinness Summer Series tests – Italy (August 10th) and Wales (September 7th). Tickets for these two games are available on ticketsmaster.ie.
Ireland will also face off against England in Twickenham (August 24th) and Wales at the Principality Stadium (August 31st).
In August, Ireland will play at the Aviva Stadium in two Guinness Summer Series fixtures firstly against Italy (August 10th) and then Wales (September 7th). Tickets for these two games are available on ticketsmaster.ie.
Ireland will also face off against England in Twickenham (August 24th) and Wales at the Principality Stadium (August 31st).
Ireland Head Coach Joe Schmidt, commented, “The provinces have done a great job throughout the season with all four of them being involved in two sets of playoffs.
“There were some very close calls in selection and it’s always a challenging process because the coaching group are very conscious of how hard the players work. It’s ideal that they get a good opportunity to relax for a few weeks before getting stuck into pre-season training and busy ‘Summer Series’ in the lead up to the World Cup.
“Some players have missed out through injury and there are one or two guys that may be added into the squad at a later stage.”
IRELAND Training Squad
Forwards (24)
Finlay Bealham (Buccaneers/Connacht) 9 caps
Rory Best (Banbridge/Ulster) 117 caps
Tadhg Beirne (Lansdowne/Munster) 5 caps
Jack Conan (Old Belvedere/Leinster) 14 caps
Sean Cronin (St Mary’s College/Leinster) 68 caps
Ultan Dillane (Corinthians/Connacht) 14 caps
Tadhg Furlong (Clontarf/Leinster) 33 caps
Cian Healy (Clontarf/Leinster) 88 caps
Iain Henderson (Queens University/Ulster) 44 caps
Rob Herring (Ballynahinch/Ulster) 7 caps
Dave Kilcoyne (UL Bohemians/Munster) 29 caps
Jean Kleyn (Munster)*
Jack McGrath (St Marys College/Leinster) 54 caps
Jordi Murphy (Lansdowne/Ulster) 27 caps
Tommy O’Donnell (UL Bohemians/Munster) 12 caps
Peter O’Mahony (Cork Constitution/Munster) 57 caps
Andrew Porter (UCD/Leinster) 14 caps
Rhys Ruddock (Lansdowne/Leinster) 21 caps
James Ryan (UCD/Leinster) 17 caps
John Ryan (Cork Constitution/Munster) 18 caps
Niall Scannell (Dolphin/Munster) 14 caps
CJ Stander (Shannon/Munster) 31 caps
Devin Toner (Lansdowne/Leinster) 64 caps
Josh van der Flier (UCD/Leinster) 17 caps
Backs (20)
Bundee Aki (Galwegians/Connacht) 17 caps
Ross Byrne (UCD/Leinster) 2 caps
Joey Carbery (Clontarf/Munster) 18 caps
Jack Carty (Buccaneers/Connacht) 3 caps
Andrew Conway (Garryowen/Munster) 12 caps
John Cooney (Terenure College/Ulster) 8 caps
Keith Earls (Young Munster/Munster) 77 caps
Chris Farrell (Young Munster/Munster) 5 caps
Mike Haley (Munster)*
Robbie Henshaw (Buccaneers/Leinster) 37 caps
Dave Kearney (Lansdowne/Leinster) 17 caps
Rob Kearney (UCD/Leinster) 90 caps
Jordan Larmour (St Mary’s College/Leinster) 13 caps
Kieran Marmion (Galwegians/Connacht) 25 caps
Luke McGrath (UCD/Leinster) 10 caps
Conor Murray (Garryowen/Munster) 72 caps
Garry Ringrose (UCD/Leinster) 20 caps
Rory Scannell (Dolphin/Munster) 3 caps
Jonathan Sexton (St Marys College/Leinster) 83 caps
Jacob Stockdale (Lurgan/Ulster) 19 caps
*denoted uncapped player
Unavailable due to injury:
Dan Leavy (UCD/Leinster)
Sean O’Brien (Tullow/Leinster)
Guinness Summer Series 2019 Fixtures
IRELAND v Italy
Aviva Stadium, Saturday 10th August, KO 2.00pm
(Live Coverage: RTE & Channel 4)
IRELAND v Wales
Aviva Stadium, Saturday 7th September, KO 2.00pm
(Live Coverage: RTE & Channel 4)
August 2019 International Fixtures
England v IRELAND
Twickenham Stadium, Saturday 24th August, KO 3.00pm
(Live Coverage: Sky)
Wales v IRELAND
Principality Stadium, Saturday 31st August, KO 2.30pm
(Live Coverage: Channel 4)

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