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The Irish Wolfhounds Rugby League team have reported a clean bill of health ahead of Saturday?s ?winner takes all? European Nations Cup semi-final against Wales at Terenure College RFC this Saturday.
Based at the Bewleys Hotel in Leopardstown racecourse, the 2.30pm kickoff can?t come soon enough for Ireland coach Daryl Powell who is ?chomping at the bit?
Speaking to us earlier, Daryl said ?We are going into this game with a clean bill of health, which is fantastic considering the bruising encounter with Scotland less than a week ago.?
The squad has one addition to that which faced Scotland last week, as Michael Brodie of the Limerick based ?Treaty City Titians? is recalled. Brodie is a dynamic player who is capable of striking from anywhere on the field, and was a member of the Irish Grand Final winning team this year.
Commenting on his selections, Powell said ?we have an excellent squad to choose from. The guys are settled with a game under our belt, and if we play to our potential we will have every chance of booking a place in the Final against France. We have worked this week on continuity and the guys have responded well.
It is fantastic being home in Dublin again, after a few games on the road, there is something special about playing in the capital, maybe it?s the rebel spirit and the passion of Irish Rugby but one thing you can be sure of, come 2.30pm on Saturday the Irish Eyes will be lit with fire.?
The Irish Squad is: Barrie McDermott - Leeds Rhinos Barry Sweeney - Waterford Vikings Billy Treacy - Treaty City Titans Dean Gaskell - Leigh Centurions Eoin Power - Kildare Dragons Eric Roberts - Kildare Dragons Francis Cummins - Leeds Rhinos Gareth Haggerty - Castleford Tigers Ged Corcoran - Dewsbury Rams Mike Brodie - Treaty City Titans Karl Fitzpatrick - Salford Reds Kevin O'Riordan - Treaty City Titans Martin Gambles - Blackpool Panthers Michael Platt - Castleford Tigers Paul Handforth - Castleford Tigers Paul McNicholas - Hull FC Philip Purdue East - Coast Eagles Simon Finnigan - Widnes Vikings Stuart Littler - Salford Reds Terry O?Connor Widnes Vikings Tony Stewart Salford Reds Wayne Corcoran Halifax