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Manager Nutt has full confidence in Ireland U25s’ crop of debutants

By David Mason

Manager Michael Nutt believes Ireland’s latest batch of stars have what it takes as they get set for the Under-25 Home International Series at Elgin, Scotland tomorrow.

The new-look Irish side face a massive test against the might of England, Scotland and Wales, but Nutt insists the six debutants are raring to go.

Stephen Kirkwood, Sam Barkley, Ryan Cavan, Jack Moffett, JP Fahy and Jordan McBride are all in line for their first appearance at this level.

“We lost quite a few players after last season’s tournament due to the age restriction,” said Nutt.

“But it’s an indication of the excellent development work happening at club and association level that we are able to replace them with confidence.

“The challenge to the players is to produce their best form consistently over three games and to play with the same level of confidence and self-belief which they have when playing at club or association level.

Ireland Under-25 team, Rink one: S Barkley (Old Bleach), R Cavan (Belmont), R Bell (Mossley), R Kirkwood (Old Bleach).

Rink two: A Johnston (Lisnagarvey), J Moffett (Banbridge), T McClean (Bangor), M Crawford (Bangor).

Rink three: JP Fahy (Portrush), M Jones (Portglenone), J Byrne (Crumlin), D O’Kane (Letterkenny),

Rink four: M Hastings (Bangor), M Albert (Balmoral), C Dorman (Donaghadee),  W Boyd (Donaghadee).

Rink five: S Shields (Ballymena), J McBride (Comber), J Moffett (Dunbarton), S Kirkwood (Old Bleach).

Rink six: D Mills (Pickie), J Watson (Pickie),  A O’Keeffe (St James’s Gate), D Atkinson (Belmont).

Reserves: A Clyde (Dunluce), A McKeown (Mossley), C Gaw (Donaghadee).


Tomorrow, 9.30am: Ireland v Wales; Scotland v England. 2.30pm: England v Wales;  Scotland v Ireland

Sunday, 10am: Scotland v Wales; Ireland v England.

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