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Injuries force Fulton to shuffle deck ahead of Ireland's Euro tilt


By Graham Hamilton

Ireland head off to the EuroNations Cup in Amsterdam later this month with a much-changed panel from that which qualified for the World Cup finals.

Coach Craig Fulton has made six changes from the 18 that did so well out in South Africa, some forced through injury.

The biggest blow comes in attack where Bann duo Eugene Magee and Johnny McKee are ruled out with injuries and Annadale's Peter Caruth isn't ready after a recent ankle operation.

It leaves Alan Sothern as the lone experienced forward, joining the young trio of Garvey's Matthew Nelson and Three Rock's Daragh Walsh and Ben Walker, who will compete in their first major tournament.

With Chris Cargo also an absentee, Kirk Shimmins and Michael Robson return after missing the last two tournaments.

The squad will first head to Beerschot to take on Australian and Dutch under-age teams in uncapped internationals as well as WHL 3 winners Belgium.

The Green Machine's opening game in the Euros is Germany on August 20, followed by Poland (August 21) and England (August 23), who include Ulster trio Ian Sloan, Mark Gleghorne and David Ames.

IRELAND: David Harte, Matthew Bell, Lee Cole, Paul Gleghorne, Jonathan Bell, Conor Harte, John Jackson, Stuart Loughrey, Neal Glassey, Michael Robson, Kirk Shimmins, Sean Murray, Matthew Nelson, Ben Walker, Shane O'Donoghue, Daragh Walsh, Alan Sothern, Mark Ingram.

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