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Eleven Ulstermen in Irish squad for Cape Town tour

By Graham Hamilton

Ireland men will face eight games in 11 days against top class opposition when they head off to South Africa early in the New Year. They will be heading south for a warm-weather training camp to prepare for the Olympics.

Coach Craig Fulton has named 11 Ulstermen in his 25-man squad for the trip from January 11 to 27 and the amount of games in such a short period is to replicate the high intensity tournament conditions which the Irish can expect in Rio.

The three teams the Irish face in Cape Town are Belgium, Spain and Canada who have also qualified for Brazil.

Fulton's squad is a mixture of youth and experience and among those recalled are Banbridge defender Drew Carlisle while teenage Three Rock goalkeeper Jamie Carr is also handed a place in the absence of first choice David Harte who will be lining out in the India Hockey League.

IRELAND: J Bell, M Bell, P Gleghorne, D Carlisle, J Jackson, M Robson, E Magee, C Cargo, P Caruth, T Cockram, M Watt (all Ulster); D Fitzgerald, J Carr, R Gormley, S Loughrey, K Shimmins, L Cole, S Cole, K Good, G Watkins, M Darling, A Sothern, S O'Donoghue (all Leinster); J Bruton, C Harte (all Munster)

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