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Ulster dominate Fulton's panel for World Cup qualifying quest

 

By Graham Hamilton

Ten Ulster players have been named in the Ireland men's squad which leaves next week for the World Cup qualifiers in Johannesburg.

Coach Craig Fulton has chosen the bulk of the panel that won the Hamburg Masters tournament in Germany earlier this week, with just experienced defender Conor Harte coming back in and Lee Cole and Darragh Walsh missing out.

Lisnagarvey supply five in Jonathan Bell, Paul Gleghorne, Sean Murray, Neal Glassey and Matthew Nelson, while Banbridge have three in Matthew Bell, Eugene Magee and Johnny McKee.

The other two Ulstermen are English-based John Jackson and Chris Cargo, but Annadale player/coach Peter Caruth misses out as he is to undergo another operation to clear up an ankle injury.

Their pool games see the Green Machine - ranked ninth in the world - take on the hosts South Africa (15), followed by Belgium (5), Egypt (19) and finally current Olympic bronze medallists Germany (3).

"The selected panel has a nice blend of youth and experience," said Fulton. "We are in a good place at the moment and we're looking forward to the series."

Ireland: David Harte, Jamie Carr, John Jackson, Jonathan Bell, Paul Gleghorne, Matthew Bell, Conor Harte, Stuart Loughrey, Stephen Cole, Chris Cargo, Neal Glassey, Shane O'Donoghue, Sean Murray, Matthew Nelson, Alan Sothern, Eugene Magee, Johnny McKee, Jeremy Duncan

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