With just nine weeks until the Irish Men compete at the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in New Zealand , Dave Passmore has named a squad of twenty for their tour to Chile following last weekend’s match’s in Scotland.
Andrew McConnell retains his place after impressing in his first cap last weekend while Irish stalwarts Butler , Shaw and Barbour have all been left at home due to work commitments.
This tour will give the Irish experience and acclimatisation against the fast pace of the South American countries in a climate the management say is akin to New Zealand.
One of the most positive parts of the trip is that funding has been received from both the Irish Institute of Sport and Irish Sports Council, giving our boys a chance to achieve the best pssoible preparation.
Squad: Andy McConnell, David Hobbs, Eugene Magee, Gareth Lennox, Iain Lewers, Jason Black, Karl Burns, Mark Black, Mark Gleghorne, Mark Irwin, Paddy Brown, Phelie Maguire, Ronan Gormley, Michael Watt, Tim Lewis, David Harte, Timmy Cockram, Mark Ruddle, Geoff McCabe, John Jermyn
Four Nations Tournament, Santiago Chile (Irish Time)
17/12 (8pm) Ireland V South Africa; 18/12 (10pm) Ireland V Chile; 20/12 Ireland V Argentina