Trimble out... Cave's in
Rugby World Cup
Andrew Trimble is set to be omitted from Ireland's World Cup squad when the 31-man panel is announced later today.
The winger, who was Ireland's Player of the Year in 2014, has only taken the field twice since October thanks to a persistent foot injury and was in a race against time to prove his fitness to head coach Joe Schmidt before Sunday night's deadline for submitting squads to the tournament's organisers.
Despite Trimble making a try-scoring return to Ulster colours in last week's pre-season defeat to Edinburgh, he appears to have failed to convince the Kiwi that he was ready for the rigours of a six-week tournament.
There was better news, however, for Darren Cave who will be the surprise inclusion.
The centre will join up with the squad after Schmidt decided to take a risk and name only two specialist scrum-halves in his selection.
Cave will join Ulster teammates Rory Best, Chris Henry, Tommy Bowe, Jared Payne, Iain Henderson and Paddy Jackson at the tournament in England and Wales, which begins later this month.