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02nd Sep 2019

Ireland’s Rugby World Cup Squad Announcement Is Causing Plenty Of Debate Online

James Fenton

If Joe Schmidt wasn’t already aware that it’s impossible to please everyone in life then he’ll certainly be learning that today.

Ireland’s head coach has confirmed his 31-man selection for the Rugby World Cup which gets underway in Japan later this month and it’s fair to say the announcement has sparked plenty of debate. So much so that at the time of writing, nine of the top 10 trending topics on Irish Twitter are all related to the news, with the other one being #MondayMotivation, a notoriously difficult hashtag to budge at this point in the week.

Perhaps the omission that has gotten most fingertips pounding is that of Devin Toner, a man who has practically been an ever-present throughout Schmidt’s six-year reign. Kieran Marmion is another whose exclusion has gotten people up in arms, while Jack McGrath, Will Addison and Jordi Murphy also miss out.

Jack Carty makes the cut after his man-of-the-match performance against Wales on Saturday, as do Jean Klyn, Rhys Ruddock and Andrew Conway.

Whether you’re a big rugby fan or not, your timeline is sure to be clogged up by fans and experts expressing their opinions on the squad, as the following tweets testify.

Once the initial debate subsides, the country is sure to be behind the lads when they take the pitch against Scotland on Sunday September 22. Japan here we come.

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