With the World Cup Qualifier fast approaching, men’s national coach Paul Revington has issued guidelines to all club coaches over the availability of central squad members ahead of the tournament which gets underway in Argentina on November 14.
The build-up sees Ireland play eight matches in quick succession in the next couple of weeks. Revington states that Irish squad players are ‘free to play’ in the provincial leagues during this time with the caveat “unless there is a prior international event or training day”.
The schedule laid out sees one major clash; the Irish series with Scotland will coincide with a full series of Leinster division one matches, currently pencilled in for October 3.
That weekend was set to take in Pembroke’s trip to Glenanne, though both sides will likely request a postponement until after the WCQ.
The other fixtures affected are Clontarf vs TRR, Fingal vs YMCA and Monkstown vs UCD while Railway Union vs Corinthian can currently be played barring a late call up.
A further issue that weekend to affect those fixtures, though, is the U-16 and U-18 interpros which take place in Grange Road from October 2 to 4. Otherwise, the international players currently remain free for league fixtures on September 26, October 10, 17, 24 and 31. Ireland are likely to depart for a holding camp in South America on November 1.
As for the Neville Cup, however, Revington adds “that Irish Senior Squad players are not permitted to play in other regional cup competitions during the period 7 September – 29 November 2009”.
These guidelines, however, do not refer to goalkeepers who are clear to play in all competitions barring a specific request from Revington.
The coach has circulated these guidelines to all Leinster league clubs and invited club coached to make contact with him should they seek any clarifications.