Andrew Trimble was unlucky to miss out on selection for the Rugby World Cup

Ireland Rugby World Cup 2015 squad: Andrew Trimble misses out as Joe Schmidt selects just two scrum-halves

Trimble misses out along with Isaac Boss and Kieran Marmion as Ian Madigan provides cover at No 9

Blair Cowan has been omitted from Scotland's Rugby World Cup squad

Scotland Rugby World Cup 2015 squad: Blair Cowan and John Barclay axed as New Zealander John Hardie included five weeks after arrival

Cowan started all five of Scotland's Six Nations matches this year but has been controversially omitted from the 31-man squad

Warren Gatland rings the five-minute bell at the Twenty20 game between England and Australia at Sophia Gardens

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Wales coach light in the No 2 department and includes several inexperienced faces but still manages a pop at England

Dominic Day was selected int he final 31-man squad

Wales Rugby World Cup 2015 squad: Gareth Anscombe and Ross Moriarty cut as Dominic Day selected to cover Alun Wyn Jones injury

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Wales’ George North, left, and Justin Tipuric battle for the ball with Ireland’s Dave Kearney in Dublin

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Waisake Naholo suffered a fractured leg on his debut

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Ireland vs Wales: Welsh hope Tomas Francis can be the answer to tight-head prayers

Twenty stone prop makes debut in problem position against a strong Ireland team

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Rugby World Cup 2015: Sam Burgess has 'impressed on the field and adds something off it which others don't', says coach Andy Farrell

'People follow him, and in terms of what is about to happen, that’s pretty important'

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