Irish coach Declan Kidney included a trio of Kildare players in his 30 man squad for the Rugby World Cup that begins in New Zealand next month.
Jamie Heaslip, Fergus McFadden and Geordan Murphy will be on the plane that departs for Auckland on Tuesday next; it is Murphy’s second World Cup, while the Leinster pair of Heaslip and McFadden are playing in the prestigious tournament for the first time.
Heaslip, an ever present fixture on the national side since 2009, was always considered a certainty to travel but McFadden and Murphy would have had to nervously sweat it out over the past few weeks.
In fact it appeared that both had missed the boat when they lined out for an Irish Select XV against Connacht last Thursday evening in Donnybrook.
However, an unfortunate injury to full back Felix Jones suddenly opened the door for Murphy and Kidney went for the greater reliability and dynamism of McFadden over the out of form Luke Fitzgerald.
Ireland complete their warm up programme with a juicy game in the Aviva Stadium to England on Saturday before commencing their Pool C campaign on Sunday, September 11 against the Eddie O’Sullivan coached USA.