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ireland still my No 1 - Lynch

Equestrian: Show jumper Denis Lynch wants to continue to compete for Ireland according to his manager and older brother Shay, WRITES Louise Parkes.

Talking to the Irish Independent yesterday in the aftermath of the publication of an article stating that Lynch is to quit the Irish team and is considering transferring his allegiance to Germany, Shay Lynch said the Tipperary rider's "No 1 choice" is to ride for his native country.

Currently world No 9, Lynch has been a key player in the Irish side in recent years. But the Tipperary man's relationship with team manager Robert Splaine has been an uneasy one.

According to Shay, the 34-year-old is feeling "very frustrated" as he has been trying to clarify "a number of issues" following last year's World Equestrian Games in Kentucky, during which Ireland failed to qualify for the London Olympics. He added that jumping for Germany was not on the cards for his brother right now.

"That was a consideration some time ago, but Denis has pulled back from that. He has been in Germany for 16 years but he wants to ride for Ireland -- that's his No 1 choice," he said.

"However, if all other avenues are closed off, he would consider riding for the country in which he has lived for such a long time."

Irish Independent