Four Centurions named in Ireland squad

Bob Beswick of Leigh in Ireland colours
Bob Beswick of Leigh in Ireland colours

FOUR Leigh players - Gregg McNally, Bob Beswick, Michael Platt and Bob Beswick - have been named in a 29-man Ireland train on squad for the European Championship.

Ireland coach Mark Aston announced his squad today ahead of games against France, Scotland and Wales.

The squad includes eight of 2013 Rugby League World Cup squad; Bob Beswick, Luke Ambler, Stuart Littler, Matty Hadden, Josh Toole, Colton Roche, Danny Bridge and Apirana Pewhairangi.

Also selected are seven members of the Ireland Amateur team who won the Celtic Nations Cup against Scotland and Wales in August, among 13 debutants including Leeds Rhinos prop Robbie Mulhern

From the domestic competition Hadden is joined by Brendan Guilfoyle, Lemeki Vaipulu, Wayne Kelly, Mikey Russell, and Casey Dunne while former Treaty City Titans forward Graham O’Keeffe has also received the nod from Aston.

Meanwhile St Helens’ full-back Shannon McDonnell could make his long awaited debut for Ireland having missed out on both the 2008 and 2013 World Cups through injury.

Speaking on the announcement Aston said: “I am delighted that we have been able to add a number of new players into the system.”

“The fixtures against France, Scotland and Wales are always exciting especially with the added incentive of 2016 Four Nations qualification for the winners.”

Ireland will host both of their home matches at the Tallaght Stadium, Dublin against France on October 18 and Scotland a week later. They will then face Wales in Wrexham on November 2.