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Rugby World Cup Michael Wiringi and Ovidiu Tonita in Romania squad

Romania head coach Lynn Howells said the "instinctive and decisive" Michael Wiringi deserves his Rugby World Cup call-up.

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Michael Wiringi and Ovidiu Tonita in Romania squad play

Michael Wiringi and Ovidiu Tonita in Romania squad

(Omni Sports)

New Zealand-born fly-half Michael Wiringi has been included in the Romania squad for the Rugby World Cup and veteran forward Ovidiu Tonita is set to feature in the tournament for a fourth time.

Wiringi is one of four players in the 31-man party to be eligible under the three-year residency ruling, with Tonga-born centre Paula Kinikinilau, second-row Johannes van Heerden - who hails from South Africa - and Georgia-born prop Otar Turashvili also called up.

Tonita played in the last three World Cups and the 35-year-old has earned a recall for the showpiece in England, which starts next month.

Romania head coach Lynn Howells said: "We've not got any injuries so we've picked the 31 top players in Romania. The way we want to play has dictated selection more than anything else.

"Michael reads the game very well and is very instinctive and decisive in his decision-making which is what we need in order to develop our attacking game. He's done really well since coming into the set-up."

Romania start their World Cup campaign against France at the Olympic Stadium in London on September 23, with Ireland, Canada and Italy their other opponents in Pool D.

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