Pichot thinks Toner should ask World Rugby ‘for answers’ after Ireland omission
World Rugby vice-chairman expresses sympathy with Irish secondrow on omission
World Rugby vice-chairman Agustin Pichot. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images
World Rugby vice-chairman Agustin Pichot thinks Devin Toner should be asking the governing body “for answers” following his exclusion from Ireland’s World Cup squad.
Kleyn only became eligible to play for Ireland last month, having moved from South Africa three years ago, and earned just two caps for the country prior to his selection for the tournament in Japan.
Pichot, who played international rugby for Argentina as a scrumhalf, took to social media to express his sympathy for Toner.
If I was Devin Toner ..... I will be asking WR for answers. I feel sorry for him; nothing against for who was properly selected for the RWC19 by the way. But feel that way.— agustin pichot (@AP9_) September 2, 2019
“If I was Devin Toner . . . I will be asking WR [World Rugby] for answers. I feel sorry for him; nothing against for who was properly selected for the RWC19 by the way. But feel that way,” said Pichot on Twitter.
Leinster lock Toner has been one of Schmidt’s most trusted lieutenants since his appointment as Ireland boss in 2013.
Explaining his squad selection, New Zealander Schmidt said: “To go from 40 players 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 the group and trying to get a balance of current form versus previous performance. It’s always a very, very difficult conundrum to solve.”