Super League stars in Ireland squad
Published 23/09/2010 | 11:14
Ireland coach Andy Kelly has included 13 Super League players in his 30-man training squad for next month's Alitalia European Cup.
The contingent is headed by prop Eamon O'Carroll and hooker Mick McIlorum but Wigan Warriors team-mate Pat Richards, one of Ireland's heroes from their successful 2008 World Cup campaign, is not available.
Huddersfield utility player Scott Grix will captain the side and is joined in the squad for the first time by his brother Simon, of Warrington.
"We are targeting three wins out of three and plan on springing a few surprises like we did in the World Cup," said Kelly.
"The games will be physical challenges, we know that, but like 2008 in Australia, we have the right spirit and attitude to make people sit up and take notice."
Ireland face trips to France and Wales on October 9 and 17 respectively before taking on Scotland in Tallaght Stadium on October 24.
Ireland 30-man training squad: Liam Harrison, Brett McDermott (both Barrow), Sean Hesketh (Batley), Michael Platt (Bradford), Paddy Barcoe (Carlow Crusaders), Matthew Fox (Dewsbury), Liam Finn (Featherstone), Bob Beswick (Halifax), Jason Golden, Jamie O'Callaghan (Harlequins), Simon Finnigan, Scott Grix (both Huddersfield), Adam Aigbokhae (Ireland Students), Luke Ambler, Kyle Amor (both Leeds), Stevie Gibbons (Leeds Met), Joseph Taylor (North Dublin Eagles), John Gillam, Wayne Kerr, Marcus St Hilaire, Greg McNally (all Oldham), Sean Gleeson, Ryan Boyle (both Salford), Tim Bergin (Sheffield), Brendan Guilfoyle (Treaty City Titans), Simon Grix, Tyrone McCarthy (both Warrington), Dave Allen (Widnes), Michael McIlorum, Eamon O'Carroll (both Wigan).