Ireland Head Coach Mark Aston has selected a strengthened squad for the 2015 European Championship, with the inclusion of eight members of the last World Cup Squad from 2103.
Liam Finn is in contention again having missed two of last year’s European games through injury, while James Mendeika also wins his place back after having been absent in 2015.
Rugby League Ireland is ready for the forthcoming challenge in the European Championship and confident that their progress made this year will be beneficial.
Last season the Wolfhounds just lost out in the Euros on points’ difference, the margin being a try, and they open their 2015 campaign in Albi against France on 17th October before travelling to Scotland and then facing Wales at home, in their new headquarters at Bray.
Two second-half tries from winger Rob Armstrong helped Ireland come from behind to beat Malta 34-22 in a friendly at the Melita Ground in Malta on Saturday night.
Ireland wasted no time getting on the board, with man of the match Gareth Gill touching down in only the third minute, Casey Dunne kicking the first of his five conversions for the night.
Dublin, 2nd September 2015 - After the incident in the match against Serbia, Rugby League Ireland are now focused on the game this Saturday versus Malta. This match, organised as part of rugby league's 120th anniversary celebrations, will take place in Malta at 9:00 pm (local time).
Head Coach Carl de Chenu has named his 22 man squad to take part in the first Irish international of the year. The squad boasts a mix of players who have played international before, and others gaining their first caps. In total, 8 clubs from around the country are represented.
The squad will be cut down to the match day 17 on Sunday.
Today, the training squad for our upcoming game vs Belgium has been announced. The squad has a great balance of youth and experience, along with players who would hope to gain their first taste of international rugby.
The players were put forward by their own clubs and will train together on Sunday July 5th (Venue TBC) where head coach Carl de Chenu will put them through their paces and pick his match day squad for the following week.
The Carlisle Grounds in Bray, Co. Wicklow, the oldest football grounds in Ireland, is now the official home to Rugby League Ireland. All international and representative games, as well as the All Ireland final, will be held at the historic ground.
“We believe that our move to Bray will do nothing but strengthen Rugby League in Ireland”, commented Richard Egan, Director of RLI.
On the 12th of July in the Carlisle grounds in Bray, Co. Wicklow, Rugby League Ireland will host Belgium in a test match, boasting a completely domestic-based Irish team. This will be the first team of its kind and will be the first meeting of the two sides in International Rugby League. The Belgians, are coached by former Leigh, Oldham and Oxford boss Tony Benson who has been involved with Ireland previously and we look forward to welcoming him back to Ireland.
Rugby League Ireland has confirmed that their 2015 season will be sponsored by international pub chain McGettigan’s.
The agreement will see the McGettigan’s branding on all the teams involved in rugby league in the country including community clubs, schools, students, State of Origin sides, wheelchair and the senior international team.
By Conor Kelly, Date: 19/1/15
Rugby League Ireland can look back on 2014 as a year of progress domestically, internationally and financially, according to RLI Director Conor Kelly.
“As we were about to wrap up for the year came the best present of all,” revealed Kelly.