Ireland bring forward their Rugby World Cup squad announcement
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Not long to go.
Irish Rugby have announced today that they have brought forward their Rugby World Cup squad announcement, with Andy Farrell and his coaching ticket set to announce their 33-man squad on Sunday at 4.30pm.
Ireland were slated to announce their squad on Monday, but will now do so just one day after their final warm-up game against Samoa, in a special press conference in Dublin.
Head coach Andy Farrell had some good news for Irish fans yesterday when he revealed that both Dan Sheehan and Ronan Kelleher are on track to be fit for France and will likely be included in the final 33, with his squad selection for tomorrow’s game also hinting at some other big decisions.
“He’s good, yeah, he’s got a sprain in his foot, in a ligament in his foot,” Farrell said of Sheehan
“We’ll see how he progresses over the coming weeks but, as I said, with all injuries you see how they develop over the period of time, don’t you, but we expect him to be fit for the World Cup.”
Keith Earls starts on the wing, with Jacob Stockdale once again missing out on the match day 23, hinting that Farrell will select the Munster winger in his squad over the Ulsterman.
Tom Stewart starts at hooker as he looks to push out Ulster teammate Rob Herring, while there’s also a chance for Stuart McCloskey to put his name forward one final time as he starts at inside centre.
We’re not expecting too many surprises in Farrell’s squad selection, but you just never know.