We Now Have A Fair Idea What Ireland’s 31-Man Rugby World Cup Squad Will Look Like

Japan.

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt and his coaching ticket made three further cuts to their training squad today, as World Cup preparations begin to seriously ramp up.

The men in green fly out to Portugal today for a warm weather camp before they take on England in the second of four warm-up games next weekend, having got off to a winning start against Italy on Saturday.

Mike Haley, John Cooney and Finlay Bealham have all returned to their provinces with the squad now reduced to 40 players. But as we all know only 31 can travel to Japan, meaning further cuts have to be made.

Joey Carbery’s injury complicates things, with the Munster outhalf set to be out for between four and six weeks. This means he could miss the opener against Scotland, and even the game against Japan six days later.

With that expect Schmidt to bring Jack Carty as a third travelling outhalf, with a centre or scrumhalf set to lose out as a result. Does Schmidt bring three nines and three centres or two nines and four centres? We’re gonna go with the latter for now and follow the Eddie Jones recipe of flying a nine in if necessary.


Forwards (17)

Cian Healy
Tadhg Furlong
John Ryan
Dave Kilcoyne
Andrew Porter

Rory Best
Niall Scannell
Sean Cronin

James Ryan
Devin Toner
Tadhg Beirne
Iain Henderson

Peter O’Mahony
CJ Stander
Jack Conan
Jordi Murphy
Josh van der Flier


Backs (14)

Conor Murray
Kieran Marmion/Luke McGrath

Johnny Sexton
Joey Carbery
Jack Carty

Garry Ringrose
Robbie Henshaw
Bundee Aki
Chris Farrell

Rob Kearney
Keith Earls
Jacob Stockdale
Jordan Larmour
Andrew Conway/Will Addison