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Thursday 19 July 2018

Wigan hooker Michael McIlorum named in Ireland's 24-man World Cup squad

Michael McIlorum will be back in the green of Ireland for the 2017 World Cup
Michael McIlorum will be back in the green of Ireland for the 2017 World Cup

Wigan's former England hooker Michael McIlorum is one of several eye-catching names in Ireland coach Mark Aston's 24-man World Cup squad.

Aston has pulled off a coup by snaring the services of St Helens forward Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook and Leeds prop Brad Singleton, while St Helens front rower Kyle Amor will make his return.

Other players with Super League experience include the Warrington trio of Joe Philbin and Toby and George King and Leeds prop Anthony Mullally.

McIlorum played for Ireland in the 2008 World Cup before switching his allegiance to represent England in the last tournament and Aston is delighted with his decision to return to his roots.

"To get Micky back is massive for us," said Aston.

"We've a nice balance of youth and experience and I think it's a very strong pack of forwards who won't take a backward step against anybody."

Ireland will be led once more by Wakefield scrum-half Liam Finn, who will have the support of his Trinity team-mate Scott Grix as vice-captain.

The squad will fly out to Australia next Friday, with a stopover in Dubai en route, as they set up camp to prepare for their opening match against Italy in Cairns on October 29.

Ireland's other group games are against Papua New Guinea in Port Moresby on November 5 and Wales in Perth on November 12.

Squad: L Finn (capt), S Grix, J Hasson (all Wakefield), K Amor, L McCarthy-Scarsbrook (both St Helens), L Kay (Toronto), W Hope, J Kelly (both Sheffield), O Roberts (Huddersfield), E Chamberlain (Widnes), T King, G King, J Philbin (all Warrington), J Keyes (Bradford), M McIlorum, J Higginson (both Wigan), T McCarthy (Salford), B Singleton, A Mullally (both Leeds), A Pewhairangi (London), M Hadden (Rochdale), S McDonnell (unattached), C Dunne (Longhorns), A McMahon (Waterford).

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