In brief: Cregan forced to end Irish career
Published 04/02/2011 | 05:00
Injury has forced Ireland captain Eimear Cregan to quit international hockey after winning a record 171 caps.
The Catholic Institute forward has suffered from a degenerative arthritic condition in both knees for the past six years. "I have managed to play through the pain barrier to overcome this degenerative condition," said the Limerick native.
"But unfortunately I am no longer able to train at the appropriate level needed for international competition."
Former Ireland player Ryan Tandy has been stood down by his club until further notice after he was arrested and charged by police in Australia following his involvement in a betting probe.
Tandy, a former player with Widnes, Hull KR and Doncaster who represented Ireland in the 2008 World Cup, was arrested by police in Australia for allegedly giving false information to detectives, but he was later released on conditional bail and is due to appear in court on March 3.
The 29-year-old Tandy was one of several players investigated following suspicious betting activity surrounding the NRL round 24 clash last season between his club Canterbury Bulldogs and North Queensland.
BARRY KING has paid the price for a recent dip in form by being dropped for Ireland's Davis Cup match against Luxembourg.
King has been replaced by Colin O'Brien for the Europe-Africa Zone Group Two showdown on March 4-6 at Riverview.
With Louk Sorensen injured, O'Brien will link up with Limerick's Conor Niland and Dublin duo James McGee and James Cluskey.