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