Jack and Josh selected
CO. WICKLOW pair Jack Conan and Josh van der Flier have been selected by Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt as part of the 31-man squad that will travel to Japan on Wednesday, September 11, to compete at the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
Six of the squad named featured at the previous two Rugby World Cups – Sean Cronin, Keith Earls, Cian Healy, Rob Kearney, Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton, while a further five played in the 2015 tournament – Tadhg Furlong, Iain Henderson, Robbie Henshaw, Peter O’Mahony and Rhys Ruddock.
The remaining 19 players will be making their Rugby World Cup debuts – Bundee Aki, Tadhg Beirne, Joey Carbery, Jack Carty, Jack Conan, Andrew Conway, Chris Farrell, Dave Kilcoyne, Jean Kleyn, Jordan Larmour, Luke McGrath, Andrew Porter, James Ryan, John Ryan, Niall Scannell, CJ Stander, Garry Ringrose, Jacob Stockdale and Josh van der Flier.
Ireland open against Scotland at the Yokohama Stadium in Tokyo on Sunday, September 22.
Former Wicklow RFC player Josh van der Flier makes the team.
Bray’s Jack Conan will be making the trip to Japan.