Ten Ulstermen in Ireland panel for GB mini-series
Ireland men are stepping up their preparations for the Rio Olympics with three games against world No 4 Great Britain at Bisham Abbey next week.
Coach Craig Fulton has named ten Ulstermen in the 22-strong squad, and it could have been 11 but Peter Caruth is injured.
The ten still dreaming of getting their ticket to Rio are Lisnagarvey's Paul Gleghorne, Jonathan Bell, Neal Glassey, Timmy Cockram and Michael Watt; Banbridge's Matthew Bell and Eugene Magee, Annadale's Michael Robson, and exiles John Jackson (Reading) and Chris Cargo (Racing Club, Bruxelles). The one major surprise is the recall of Cork C of I's 34-year-old drag-flick expert John Jermyn who has been an absentee the last four years.
It has been a while since Ireland last played GB although they did face England in the European semi-finals when they gained their first bronze at this level.
The games take place on Monday (3pm), Tuesday (2pm) and Thursday (12.30pm).
"We're looking forward to the trip," said Fulton. "The squad has been working hard and this will give us a good idea of where we currently are in our programme, five months from Rio."