SA-born Kleyn gets Ireland RWC squad call-up

Jean Kleyn (Getty Images)
Jean Kleyn (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Ireland have named a 44-strong training squad that includes Jean Kleyn for their upcoming Rugby World Cup pre-season camps.

South African-born lock Kleyn joins compatriots CJ Stander and Rob Herring in the squad.

Over the course of the pre-season period the Irish squad will hold camps in Galway and Limerick as well as their usual base in Maynooth.

Ireland will play at the Aviva Stadium in two warm-up fixtures, firstly against Italy (August 10) and then Wales (September 7).

Ireland will also face off against England in Twickenham (August 24) and Wales at the Principality Stadium (August 31).

Kleyn, 25, qualifies for his new country on August 8 having spent three years in the country.

Injured Leinster back-rowers Dan Leavy and Sean O'Brien miss out.

Hooker Rory Best, who led his country during this year's Six Nations is the most experienced player on the list with 117 international appearances and will retire after the tournament which begins on September 20.

Joe Schmidt's side's World Cup campaign starts by facing Scotland before playing hosts Japan, Russian and Samoa in Pool A.

Ireland training squad for Rugby World Cup:

Forwards

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

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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