Ireland drop five players and add one as final RWC squad gets closer

The road to France.

The Ireland management has confirmed that five players will now return to their Provinces to continue their pre-season training programmes. They are Caolin Blade, Gavin Coombes, Calvin Nash, Jamie Osborne and Kieran Treadwell.

With Munster prop Jeremy Loughman having been added to the squad this week, this means that there are now 38 players training in the squad.

The final 33-man Ireland squad for Rugby World Cup 2023 will be announced on Monday, 28 August.

News of Coombes’ omission points towards Jack Conan being fit and ready for the Rugby World Cup following his injury scare. Ireland take on England at the Aviva Stadium this weekend in their penultimate warm-up game.

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