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D’Arcy misses out on Ireland World Cup selection

Veteran centre Gordon D’Arcy has missed the cut for Ireland’s Rugby World Cup squad.

Head coach Joe Schmidt, who has denied England the Six Nations title in each of the last two yeras, whittled his squad down to 31 ahead of the World Cup.

D’Arcy misses out, as do Ulster wingers Andrew Trimble and Craig Gilroy, Munster prop Dave Kilcoyne and Leinster front-rower Marty Moore.

Schmidt has opted for just two scrum-halves, Conor Murray and Eoin Reddan included while Isaac Boss and Kieran Marmion miss out.

Paddy Jackson and Ian Madigan offer competition to Jonathan Sexton at fly-half, while Keith Earls and Luke Fitzgerald are both included.

"The players have worked incredibly hard over the past two months,” said Schmidt. “There were some very tight decisions, particularly in the back three, and it was also a challenge to make sure that key positions were covered as much as a squad of 31 players allows.

"A number of players were very unlucky to miss selection. We know from observing past World Cups that it's important for us to keep track of their performances because some of them are likely to be involved in the tournament.”

Ireland begin their World Cup campaign against Canada at the Millennium Stadium before taking on France, Italy and Romania in Pool D.
 
Ireland World Cup squad:
 
Forwards:
Rory Best (Ulster), Sean Cronin (Leinster), Tadhg Furlong (Leinster), Cian Healy (Leinster), Jamie Heaslip (Leinster), Iain Henderson (Ulster), Chris Henry (Ulster), Jack McGrath (Leinster), Jordi Murphy (Leinster), Sean O'Brien (Leinster), Paul O'Connell (Munster), Peter O'Mahony (Munster), Mike Ross (Leinster), Donnacha Ryan (Munster), Richardt Strauss (Leinster), Devin Toner (Leinster), Nathan White (Connacht)
 
Backs: Tommy Bowe (Ulster), Darren Cave (Ulster), Keith Earls (Munster), Luke Fitzgerald (Leinster), Robbie Henshaw (Connacht), Paddy Jackson (Ulster), Dave Kearney (Leinster), Rob Kearney (Leinster), Ian Madigan (Leinster), Conor Murray (Munster), Jared Payne (Ulster), Eoin Reddan (Leinster), Jonathan Sexton (Leinster), Simon Zebo (Munster)

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