Players missing out
Kidney has been consistently loyal to Paddy Wallace over the past four years but has finally cut the cord, ironically when Wallace is in the form of career.
A key contributor for Leinster but another member of the World Cup squad who has failed to make the squad. Jennings could come into the equation for an 'AN OTHER' spot, but Chris Henry is expected to be fit to fill that back-row role.
Massive opportunity lost, particularly with no designated back-up to Jonathan Sexton and Ronan O'Gara at out-half. Ireland could have found room for one more player and Madigan, excellent all season, would have benefitted hugely from the experience.
Desperately unlucky to lose out, but there was simply no room to accommodate the in-form Leinster blindside. Donnacha Ryan and Dan Tuohy provide cover in the position from the second-row.
Will have had his eye on the slot filled by Simon Zebo. Isa Nacewa has been wonderful for Leinster, but the Aucklander's position on the left-wing essentially cost Kearney a touring spot -- a pity because he looks tailor-made for international rugby.
Like Kearney, an exciting prospect who seems undaunted by the big stage but it would have required leaving Andrew Trimble or Fergus McFadden at home to squeeze Gilroy in, and that was never going to happen.