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Haley and Klein in for Ireland squad

Wednesday, 29th May, 2019 4:27pm

Two previously uncapped Munster players have been included in Joe Schimdt's training squad ahead of the 2019 Ruby World Cup.

Mike Haley and Jean Kleyn are two of 44 players in the squad who will link up for pre-season and preparatory camps in mid-June.

From Preston, Haley has previously played for the English Saxons but remained eligible for Ireland where he has lived since joining Munster in 2018.

South African Kleyn will qualify to play for Ireland through residency in August 2019, having lived here since joining Munster in 2016.

Meanwhile the two biggest omissions are injured duo Sean O'Brien and Dan Leavy, neither of whom will be available for the campaign, while Connacht's Quinn Roux and Ulster's Stuart McCloskey both missed the cut.

Over the course of the pre-season period, the squad will hold camps in Galway and Limerick as well as their usual base in Maynooth. Open sessions are planned for both the Sportsground in Galway and Thomond Park in Limerick with details of the open sessions to be announced in due course.

In August, Ireland will play at the Aviva Stadium in two Guinness Summer Series fixtures firstly against Italy (10 August) and then Wales (7 September). They will also face off against England in Twickenham on 24 August and Wales at the Principality Stadium on 31 August.

On the squad announcement, Ireland Head Coach Joe Schmidt, who is set to leave the Irish set-up after the World Cup, said: “The provinces have done a great job throughout the season with all four of them being involved in two sets of playoffs.

“There were some very close calls in selection and it’s always a challenging process because the coaching group are very conscious of how hard the players work. It’s ideal that they get a good opportunity to relax for a few weeks before getting stuck into pre-season training and busy Summer Series in the lead up to the World Cup. Some players have missed out through injury and there are one or two guys that may be added into the squad at a later stage.”

Forwards (24)

Finlay Bealham

Rory Best

Tadhg Beirne

Jack Conan

Sean Cronin

Ultan Dillane

Tadhg Furlong

Cian Healy

Iain Henderson

Rob Herring

Dave Kilcoyne

Jean Kleyn

Jack McGrath

Jordi Murphy

Tommy O’Donnell

Peter O’Mahony

Andrew Porter

Rhys Ruddock

James Ryan

John Ryan

Niall Scannell

CJ Stander

Devin Toner

Josh van der Flier

Backs (20)

Bundee Aki

Ross Byrne

Joey Carbery

Jack Carty

Andrew Conway

John Cooney

Keith Earls

Chris Farrell

Mike Haley

Robbie Henshaw

Dave Kearney

Rob Kearney

Jordan Larmour

Kieran Marmion

Luke McGrath

Conor Murray

Garry Ringrose

Rory Scannell

Jonathan Sexton

Jacob Stockdale

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