Ireland will begin the defence of the Home Internationals against Wales at Mooretown today and they will be bidding to make it four titles in a row.
The reigning champions completed a rare hat-trick at The Nairn in 2016 and this year’s team have the chance to create history – never before have Ireland won four times on the trot.
Tramore’s Robin Dawson has featured on the last three winning teams and he is expected to be a pivotal player once again this week.Two new caps are included for the trip to Leeds. Peter O’Keeffe from Douglas and Carlon Rafferty from Dundalk will make their debuts.
(photo: Leaderboard Photography
back row from left: John White (Team Manager, Co. Armagh), Conor O’Rourke (Naas), Colin Fairweather (Knock), Robin Dawson (Tramore), Peter O’Keeffe (Douglas), Paul McBride (The Island), John Ross Galbraith (Whitehead). Front row, Tony Goode (Team Captain, Lucan), Caolan Rafferty (Dundalk), Alex Gleeson (Castle), Conor Purcell (Portmarnock), Neil Manchip (GUI National Coach), Colm Campbell (Warrenpoint), Rowan Lester (Hermitage). Photo: Leaderboard Photography.)