Ireland announce train-on squad for Euro Championships

Ireland Head Coach Mark Aston has announced a 29-man train-on squad for the 2014 Rugby League European Championship, during which the Wolfhounds will face France, Scotland and Wales.

The squad includes eight of 2013 Rugby League World Cup squad; Bob Beswick, Luke Ambler, Stuart Littler, Matty Hadden, Josh Toole, Colton Roche, Danny Bridge and Apirana Pewhairangi.

Also selected are seven members of the Ireland Amateur team who won the Celtic Nations Cup against Scotland and Wales in August, among 13 debutants including Leeds Rhinos prop Robbie Mulhern

From the domestic competition Hadden is joined by Brendan Guilfoyle, Lemeki Vaipulu, Wayne Kelly, Mikey Russell, and Casey Dunne while former Treaty City Titans forward Graham O’Keeffe has also received the nod from Aston.

Meanwhile St Helens’ fullback Shannon McDonnell could make his long awaited debut for Ireland having missed out on both the 2008 and 2013 World Cups through injury.

Speaking on the announcement Aston said: “I am delighted that we have been able to add a number of new players into the system.”

“The fixtures against France, Scotland and Wales are always exciting especially with the added incentive of 2016 Four Nations qualification for the winners.”

Ireland will host both of their home matches at the Tallaght Stadium, Dublin against France on 18th October and Scotland a week later. They will then face Wales in Wrexham on the 2nd November.

Ireland Train On Squad:

Matty HaddenAntrim EelsProp2
Casey DunneAthboy LonghornsWing0
Michael RussellBarnhall ButchersHooker0
Sean HeskethBatley BulldogsProp7
Wayne KellyBelfast Met ScholarsHooker0
Hayden PeacockCarcassoneSecond Row0
Jobe MurphyDewsbury RamsSecond Row0
Luke AmblerHalifax RLFCProp11
Callum CaseyHalifax RLFCLoose Forward4
Elliot CosgroveKeighley CougarsWing5
Robbie MulhernLeeds RhinosProp0
Stuart LittlerLeigh CenturionsCentre17
Michael PlattLeigh CenturionsCentre5
Bob BeswickLeigh CenturionsHooker18
Gregg McNallyLeigh CenturionsFullback7
Josh TooleNorth Sydney BearsCentre3
Graham O’KeeffeOxford RLFCCentre0
Callum MulkeenOxford RLFCCentre0
Apirana PewhairangiParramatta EelsStand Off2
Sean CaseyRochdale HornetsScrum Half0
Shannon McDonnellSt Helens RLFCFullback0
Lemeki VaipuluTreaty City TitansSecond Row1
Brendan GuilfoyleTreaty City TitansProp2
James TooleTweed Heads SeagullsStand Off0
Will HopeUnattachedSecond Row0
Danny BridgeWarrington WolvesSecond Row1
Brad HargreavesWign St PatricksWing0
Pat SmithYork City KnightsScrum Half1
Colton RocheYork City KnightsProp2