Twelve Munster players named in 2019 Rugby World Cup squad

Joe Schmidt has named his 31-man-squad ahead of the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.

The IRFU brought forward the squad’s publication from its planned announcement next Sunday and includes 12 Munster Players.

Schmidt has opted for a 3:2 fly-half/scrum-half ratio which includes the Munster half-back pairing of Joey Carbery and Conor Murray.

David Kilcoyne cements his place after an excellent first-half performance during Ireland’s 22-17 win over Wales at the Principality Stadium on Saturday, while teammate John Ryan also makes the cut.

Niall Scannell is one of three Hookers named, while recently capped Jean Kleyn and his Munster lock partner Tadhg Beirne have both made the final list.

Peter O’Mahony and CJ Stander are among the five back row options being brought to Japan while Chris Farrell earns a spot in the centre. Munster wingers Keith Earls and Andrew Conway get the nod in the back three.

Commenting on the announcement, Ireland Head Coach Joe Schmidt said:

“It was a difficult thing right from the start to have the 45 that we had. We went down to 40 players and to go from 40 down to 31 was really difficult, but we had a process whereby we looked back through every training, looked through the games.

“There were some guys who obviously had more experience and probably had more credit in the bank and were more established and there were other guys who were trying to force their way into group and trying to get a balance of current form versus previous performance, it’s always a very very difficult conundrum to try to solve.”

Ireland are in Pool A and will play Scotland, Japan, Russia and Samoa. Ireland’s opening fixture is against Scotland at the Yokohama Stadium in Tokyo on September 22nd at 8:45am Irish time.

Six days later Ireland will take on tournament hosts Japan in Shizuoka before playing Russia in Kobe the following Thursday. Ireland’s final pool game is against Samoa on Saturday 12th in Fukuoka.

The squad is captained by Rory Best who will play at a fourth Rugby World Cup having been involved in the 2007, 2011, and 2015 tournaments.

Click below to see the reasons behind Joe Schmidt’s squad selection.

Social Sharing

Posted in

Munster confirm academy player has tested positive for COVID-19

Munster Rugby confirmed this afternoon an academy player from their "wider training squad" tested positive for COVID-19. The ...
Read More

WATCH: Hear from each of Munster’s nine summer recruits

Nine players have joined the Munster senior squad this summer and they have caught up with each new ...
Read More

De Allende and Kilcoyne return to training as Munster prepare for return

The Munster squad have started week three of their second four-week bloc of training ahead of this month’s ...
Read More

BREAKING: Dates announced for remaining 2020 Six Nations Fixtures

The dates for the remaining 6 Nations games from the 2020 championship have been confirmed. Ireland and Italy ...
Read More

Wiry Gatland still has plenty to give despite recent struggles

IT’S NOT hard to understand why some in the New Zealand rugby media might be taking a little ...
Read More

RG Snyman admits why he chose Munster and what he’s looking forward to the most

RG Snyman admitted Johaan van Graan played a huge part in his decision to join Munster this year. ...
Read More

Ireland to finish Six Nations campaign before ‘eight nations’ this Autumn

World Rugby have confirmed the Six Nations will be concluded this October, with Ireland having to play Italy ...
Read More

Zero positive results in Munster and Leinster from second round of PCR testing

The IRFU have confirmed zero positive cases from Munster after the second round of PCR testing this week. ...
Read More