Rugby World Cup: Devin Toner is a shock omission from Ireland squad for Japan

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Devin Toner has been made from the 31-man group for the Rugby World Cup of Ireland .
Even the 33-year-old Leinster lock has been a regular under head coach Joe Schmidt, starting 50 of the Kiwi’s 67 Test games accountable.
With Ulster back Will Addison likewise not contained in the selection munster’s South Africa-born Jean Kleyn was given the nod before Toner.
Schmidt was not predicted to name his squad.
The side play their final warm-up game in Dublin on Saturday against Wales, using their World Cup Pool A match coming against Scotland on 22.
Three Ulster players, captain Rory Best, next row Iain Henderson and wing Jacob Stockdale, are from the group while missing out along with Addison are Jordi Murphy and fresh registering Jack McGrath.
Kleyn just qualified for Ireland on residency two weeks prior to 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 is not simply our line-out winner but he’s such a great player, and he is a totally quality individual. That was an incredibly difficult conversation yesterday,” explained Schmidt.
“Jean Kleyn – we all likely do not have a specialist tight-head next row as such and I think we’re on the lookout for that equilibrium. Tadhg Beirne provides us that flexibility this year and he is teamed up with Kleyn well at Munster.
“He gives you the threat on the ball such as 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 done amazingly well for us at times. We’re going to need one to put his best foot forward so it was a very tight decision around Dev too.”
Connacht scrum-half Kieran Marmion was left outside with Schmidt while Chris Farrell also receives the nod, heading as Conor Murray’s backup with Luke McGrath.
“It was a difficult thing straight from the beginning to get the 45 we had,” added Schmidt.
“We moved to 40 players to move from 40 down to 31 was very tough, but we had a process whereby we looked back through every training, looked through the games.
“There were a few guys who obviously had more experience and probably had more charge from the bank and have been established.
“And there were other men who were attempting to force their way into the group and seeking to acquire a balance of current form versus previous performance. It is obviously a very, very difficult conundrum to attempt and solve.”
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