Ireland Rugby World Cup 2019 fixtures: squad, match dates and latest team news

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Jonathan Sexton is Ireland's playmaker-in-chief - AP
Jonathan Sexton is Ireland's playmaker-in-chief - AP

When does the 2019 Rugby World Cup start?

The opening match of the 2019 Rugby World Cup kicks off on Friday, September 20, as Ireland and 19 other nations from all across the globe compete for the Webb Ellis Cup.

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Who is in Ireland's World Cup squad?

What date is Ireland's opening match?

It is against Scotland on Sunday, September 22, at 8.45am BST.

Who is in Ireland's group?

What are Ireland's full RWC fixtures?

MATCH ONE

Ireland vs Scotland... International Stadium Yokohama... Sunday, September 22... 8.45am BST... (ITV)

MATCH TWO

Japan vs Ireland... Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa... Saturday, September 28... 8.15am BST... (ITV)

MATCH THREE

Ireland vs Russia... Kobe Misaki Stadium... Thursday, October 3... 11.15am BST... (ITV)

MATCH FOUR

Ireland vs Samoa... Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium... Saturday, October 12... 11.45am BST... (ITV)

When are the knockout rounds?

The quarter-finals are on October 19-20.

The semi-finals are on October 26-27.

The Bronze Final is on November 1.

The Final is on November 2.

What is the latest Ireland team news?

Ireland lock Devin Toner was the surprise omission from Joe Schmidt's World Cup squad, as Jean Kleyn edged out the experienced Leinster man less than a month after making his international debut.

A near ever-present throughout Schmidt's six years in charge with 67 caps, the 2.10 metre tall Toner's lineout abilities were sacrificed for Kleyn's power up front after the South African-born lock qualified to play for Ireland just last month.

"I've coached Dev for 10 years and he's not just a lineout champion for us, he's such a good player and an absolutely quality person. That was an incredibly tough conversation," Joe Schmidt said

"With Jean Kleyn, we probably don't have a specialist tighthead second row as such. It's a balance we're looking for across that squad of 31. Jean Kleyn fitted that and Tadhg Beirne gives you the versatility of both a second row and a back row."

Schmidt was able to name a strong squad after no major injury concerns emerged since flankers Sean O'Brien and Dan Leavy were ruled out at the end of last season, meaning reserve fly-half Joey Carbery travels while recovering from injury.

The other tight calls were on the periphery with Luke McGrath favoured to Kieran Marmion as backup scrum-half, Rhys Ruddock pipping Jordi Murphy in the backrow mix and Will Addison unlucky not to make it as a versatile option in the backs.

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