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Ulster 10 still in hunt for Rio as Ireland training squad is reduced

By Graham Hamilton

Ireland coach Craig Fulton has reduced his training panel by six - to 21 - ahead of August's Olympic Games… and the next step for his players is Valencia where they will play in a six-nation tournament next week against teams all ranked above them and also Rio bound.

Ten Ulstermen have been named, with seven from Leinster and four from Munster, although Fulton will have to reduce it by a further three before flying out to Brazil.

Banbridge's Drew Carlisle and Lisnagarvey's Neal Glassey miss out but for the other Ulster players it keeps alive their long-standing dream of playing on the Olympic stage.

The Six Nations tournament will see the Green Machine take on Argentina (ranked six in the world) on June 27 followed by Champions Trophy runners-up India on June 28, hosts Spain (ranked 11) on June 30, New Zealand (8) on July 2 and current Olympic champions Germany (July 3).

On their return they will also face Netherlands (world No.2) in Cork on July 4 and July 6 before the final 18 head off to Rio ahead of the Games.

IRELAND: Jonathan Bell, Matthew Bell, Chris Cargo, Timmy Cockram, Peter Caruth, Paul Gleghorne, John Jackson, Eugene Magee, Michael Robson, Michael Watt (all Ulster); Mitch Darling, David Fitzgerald, Kyle Good, Ronan Gormley, Shane O'Donoghue, Alan Sothern, Gareth Watkins (all Leinster); David Harte, Chris Harte, John Jermyn, Kirk Shimmins (all Munster).

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