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Kilkenny Wildcats' Ian Dowling is one of a host of new caps in the Irish Wolfhounds squad for this weekend's Four Nations clash with England at Clontarf. The depth of talent in the Munster Conference was reflected in the squad chosen by Des Foy, Damien Welland and Declan Nash. Nash was also named in the playing squad, one of five Treaty City Titans players selected. An incredible players from 8 of the 10 teams are represented.
There is also a call-up for East Coast Eagle Peter Cunningham, the scrum-half rewarded for his consistent performances in what has been an indifferent season for his side while Paul Power's prominent role in Waterford Vikings' season has resulted in his selection.
Experience is on hand in the form of Dublin City Exiles' John Sharp and Dublin Blues' Larry Faifua who are two of only four previously capped players in the squad. Perhaps the biggest surprise, however, is the selection of only one Clontarf player despite the Bulls' 100% start to the season. Phil Pardue will be the only Irish player on home ground at Castle Avenue although last weekend's hat-trick scorer, Daragh McElligott, is on standby.
Irish Wolfhounds Squad
Name Club Billy Treacy Treaty City Titans John Sharpe Dublin City Exiles Mike Brody Treaty City Titans Kevin O?Riordan Treaty City Titans Paul Power Waterford Vikings Ian Dowling Kilkenny Wildcats Declan Foy Kerry Kings Bevan Cantrell Treaty City Titans Peter Cunningham East Coast Eagles Larry Faifua Dublin Blues Brian O?Leary Kerry Kings Carl Roche Dublin City Exiles Simon Manuel Kilkenny Wildcats
Replacements Liam Nevelling East Coast Eagles Phil Pardue Clontarf Bulls Vinny O?Shea Kilkenny Wildcats Declan Nash Treaty City Titans
Coaches: Des Foy Damien Welland Declan Nash
Irish Team Mangement Dave Kingston Denis Darcy Niall Cantrell