Ulster's Magee set to close in on 300 Ireland caps
Banbridge's Eugene Magee will edge closer to the magical 300 caps mark after he was one of nine Ulstermen named in the Irish squad for next month's World Series tournament.
Magee is on 277 caps and that could climb to 286 by the end of the series in Le Touquet next month, taking in four build-up games and a minimum five at the French venue.
And then there is the EuroNations Championships in August plus a probable final Olympic qualifier in the autumn, with build-up games for both.
Ulster supply half of the 18 named by coach Alexander Cox, although Chris Cargo, Alan Sothern, Kirk Shimmins and Stuart Loughrey are absentees, while Mitch Darling has also stepped down.
"There are some new names in comparison to our last World Cup endeavours," said Cox. "But it gives me the chance to use players in multiple positions."
The build-up games against USA are in Dublin on May 24 and May 26 and at Lisnagarvey against France on June 4 and June 6, with the World Series from June 15-23.
IRELAND: Jonathan Bell, Paul Gleghorne, John Jackson, Matthew Bell, Neal Glassey, Sean Murray, Eugene Magee, Matthew Nelson, Michael Robson (Ulster); David Harte, Conor Harte (Munster); Jamie Carr, Luke Madeley, Lee Cole, Stephen Cole, Shane O'Donoghue, Daragh Walsh, Ben Walker (Leinster).