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Ireland World Cup team and Irish Rugby League

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Stuart Fielden has confirmed his availability for the green and whites, how are they shaping up now. 

Doesn't look like they'll be as strong as they other Celtic nations.

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If they have enough of the players they called upon for the last RWC, they should at least put up a decent fight. Ireland v Tonga was very entertaining and full-blooded last time.

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Stuart Fielden has confirmed his availability for the green and whites, how are they shaping up now. 

Doesn't look like they'll be as strong as they other Celtic nations.

Apparently Ben Currie is playing for Ireland, he is an outstanding young player. I am sure i read Brett White is too, him Fielden and Kyle Amor is handy.

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Who are the other potentials? Off the top of my head I can think of Michael McIllorum, Tyrone McCarthy, Scott Grix and Damian Blanch.

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Who are the other potentials? Off the top of my head I can think of Michael McIllorum, Tyrone McCarthy, Scott Grix and Damian Blanch.

 

Pat Richards.

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Ireland's 2012 Squad (from Wikipedia)

 

1  Greg McNally - FB

 

2  Tim Bergin - WG

 

3  Stuart Littler - CE

 

4  Joshua O'Toole - CE

 

5  John O'Donnell - WG

 

6  James Mendeika - SO

 

7  Liam Finn © - HB

 

8  Sean Hesketh - PR

 

9  Carl Sice - HK

 

10  Luke Ambler - PR

 

11  Elliot Cosgrove - CE

 

12  Callum Casey - SR, HK

 

13  Tyrone McCarthy - LF

 

14  Colton Roache - HK

 

15  Sam Wellens - PR

 

16  Matthew Hadden - SR

 

17  Tom McKeown - PR

 

18  Kurt Haggerty - SR

 

19  Tommy Goulden - SR

 

20  Danny Bridge - CE

 

21  Paul Handforth - SO

 

22  Pat Smith - SH

 

23  Brendan Guilfoyle - SR

 

24  Wayne Kerr - PR

 

25  Matthew Haggerty - WG

 

26  Aaron McCloskey - LF

 

27  Joe Taylor - WG

 

28  Joe Mulhern - CE

 

29  Joel Hinchcliffe - SR

 

30  Simon Deevy - SR

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What, no Hefin O'Hare...?

I'm not interested.

What, the former Welsh international isn't in the Ireland squad? It's a farce, a joke, I blame the RFL etc.

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Hefin O'Hare is one of the rare North Wales born Welsh internationals. There's him, Rhys Williams, Rob Massam and the Brown brothers. Can't think of many more.

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1.McDonnell

2.Blanch

3.Bridge

4.Mendeika

5.Richards

6.Scott Grix

7.Finn

8.Fielden

9.Handforth

10.Amor

11.Currie

12.McCarthy

13.Simon Grix

 

14.Allen

15.Harrison

16.O'Brien

17.Ambler

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Chris Bridge and Ben Harrison as well! Ireland will have a decent side.

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In the World Cup will Warrington be the SuperLeague side with the most representatives, beginning to look that way.

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Liam Finn is captain. Could be Featherstone's only representative at this year's World Cup.

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Liam Finn is captain. Could be Featherstone's only representative at this year's World Cup.

 

Genuine question here.........players like Liam Finn and others from the Championship playing in the World Cup (I think Sheffield have afew) as they are part time will it effect their selection if they can't get the time off work?

 

It would be abit unfair if these players had to work during the day then play against Australia at night...........just a thought.

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Genuine question here.........players like Liam Finn and others from the Championship playing in the World Cup (I think Sheffield have afew) as they are part time will it effect their selection if they can't get the time off work?

 

It would be abit unfair if these players had to work during the day then play against Australia at night...........just a thought.

 

No idea mate. I imagine they would use holiday time from work for the duration of the tourney. Such is the dedication of the part-time pro'.

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I'm sure any employer would give people the time off to compete in a world cup, I doubt its that much of an issue

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I'm sure any employer would give people the time off to compete in a world cup, I doubt its that much of an issue

 

Sympathetic employers are not necessarily that easy to find. Many semi pro's give up the game as they can't make it fit around work.

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Sympathetic employers are not necessarily that easy to find. Many semi pro's give up the game as they can't make it fit around work.

Probably true. But if he's in employment at the minute and currently working around his rugby. What great PR to let him have the time off for the tournament

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Ireland should have a decent side out for the World Cup. Surprised a few in 2008, especially when they beat Samoa at Parramatta. Think we've still got the green wigs we wore up in the loft somewhere!

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Think I've lost my green wig. Well gutted, will be looking out for them again. All of the Ireland matches were enjoyable, after England's paltry efforts in '08

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Just as it's wrong for the likes of McIllorum, Bridge and Harrison to flit between Ireland and England then it's also wrong for Fielden to make the opposite switch.

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Think I've lost my green wig. Well gutted, will be looking out for them again. All of the Ireland matches were enjoyable, after England's paltry efforts in '08

 

Watched the highlights DVD the other day. I'd forgotten all about Paul Sykes playing for England in Newcastle. I've now realised why, despite him playing for my team, my heart sinks when his name is read out before a game. The trauma of that performance in Newcastle obviously left deep mental scars.

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Ireland should have a decent side out for the World Cup. Surprised a few in 2008, especially when they beat Samoa at Parramatta. Think we've still got the green wigs we wore up in the loft somewhere!

 

I suspect that the probability of Ireland having a decent side, and their record in 2008, is why they've been put in one of the senior groups. The Irish diaspora seems particularly strong in the RL playing areas of both England and Australia, and there always seems to be plenty of players willing to turn out for an Irish world cup squad.

 

Looking forward to seeing them again.

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Watched the highlights DVD the other day. I'd forgotten all about Paul Sykes playing for England in Newcastle. I've now realised why, despite him playing for my team, my heart sinks when his name is read out before a game. The trauma of that performance in Newcastle obviously left deep mental scars.

I was there for that as well. 2008 was awful for England, a genuine let down, fingers crossed this year. Was also at Parra for the Ireland game!

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