Ronan Gormley ready to become first Irish double centurion
Ronan Gormley is set to become the first player to pull on the Irish jersey 200 times - and he'll reach the milestone on Monday against Olympic champions Germany.
The occasion will be even more special for the defender as it takes place at Krefeld where he has been playing his club hockey in recent years.
The Irish take on the Germans twice as they begin in earnest their build-up for next month's World League 3 tournament in Antwerp from which places at the Rio Olympics can be won.
Coach Craig Fulton has arranged the games as part of an intensive four-day training camp, and they will be followed by two against France later this month and two against World No.3 Belgium in early June.
Half of the 20-man squad come from Ulster and the absentees from the gold medal win at the World League 2 series in San Diego in March are Bruce McCandless, Michael Watt and David Harte. Returning are Ulstermen Timmy Cockram and Michael Robson.
IRELAND: J Bell, D Carlisle, P Caruth, C Cargo, T Cockram, S Dowds, P Gleghorne, J Jackson, E Magee, M Robson (all Ulster), M Darling, S Loughrey, D Fitzgerald, S O'Donoghue, K Shimmins, A Sothern, S West, R Gormley (all Leinster), C Harte, J Bruton (both Munster).