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Craig Fulton places faith in Ulster stars


On the up: Craig Fulton wants Ireland to continue building

On the up: Craig Fulton wants Ireland to continue building

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On the up: Craig Fulton wants Ireland to continue building

Ireland coach Craig Fulton has included seven Ulstermen in his 18-strong squad for the Investec Cup series, which starts at London's Olympic Park tomorrow.

The Green Machine will take on South Africa tomorrow, Scotland on Thursday and England on Saturday – they are all preparing for the forthcoming Commonwealth Games in Glasgow – and Fulton is hoping to build on two fine results against England in Dublin last weekend.

However, he will have to do without his U-21 stars, who head off to Portugal next week for the European championships, Chris Cargo who has injured a finger, and also Bruce McCandless, Drew Carlisle, Peter Caruth, Kyle Good and Stephen West, who have been named as non-travelling reserves.

"Competition for places is high, which is a real positive, and I hope we can build on the recent encouraging results, particularly against opposition ranked higher than us," said Fulton.

The Gleghorne brothers Paul and Mark will again face up to each other on Saturday – just as they did twice last weekend when England won the first game 3-2 and Ireland won the second 2-1 –and Sunday if Ireland and England make the final.

Another Ulsterman, Iain Lewers, will also be lining out for England.

IRELAND: David Harte, David Fitzgerald, John Jackson, Conor Harte, Paul Gleghorne, Jonathan Bell, Ronan Gormley, Stuart Loughrey, Shane O'Donoghue, Kirk Shimmins, Michael Robson, Eugene Magee, Stephen Cole, Michael Watt, Timmy Cockram, Mitch Darling, Maurice Elliott, Alan Sothern

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PROGRAMME: Tomorrow: Ireland v South Africa (5.15pm); Thursday: Ireland v Scotland (5.15pm); Saturday: Ireland v England (12pm); Sunday: Classification games

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