World Rugby Boss Bizarrely Quizzes Ireland’s Decision To Pick Jean Kleyn Over Devin Toner
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Here we go again.
Ireland boss Joe Schmidt surprised us all this afternoon when he decided to name Jean Kleyn in his 31-man Rugby World Cup squad, with mainstay Devin Toner losing out.
Kleyn qualified for Ireland through residency, becoming eligible only last month before making his debut against Italy. And of course, the usual rhetoric has been immediately thrown out as Ireland select another “overseas mercenary” in their squad over a native in Devin Toner.
Former Ireland international Luke Fitzgerald has been very vocal about Schmidt’s decision to select Kleyn over his old pal Toner, as has, surprisingly, World Rugby vice president Agustín Pichot.
— luke fitzgerald (@lukefitz11) September 2, 2019
If I was Devin Toner ….. I will be asking WR for answers. I feel sorry for him; nothing against for who was properly selected for the RWC19 by the way. But feel that way.
— agustin pichot (@AP9_) September 2, 2019
Three residency qualified players in the Ireland squad. They won’t even be the team with the most residency qualified players in their group, let alone the World Cup.#annoyedhisfriendgotdropped
— Jer Higgins (@JerryHiggins86) September 2, 2019