In the wake of last week’s national training camp, Paul Revington (pictured) has selected a group of 18 players to travel to Seville for a further, warm-weather, intensive get-together.
The panel sees John Jermyn back in the fold after he took a sabbatical from last summer’s Celtic Cup and Five Nations schedule while Tim Lewis was unavailable for much of 2010 through injury.
From Ireland’s last outing in the Five Nations, there are a number of changes with Bruce McCandless and Mikey Watt called in with Alan Giles, Peter Caruth, Paul Gleghorne and Alan Sothern sitting this trip out.
There is still no sign of David Hobbs in the panel, though. Like Jermyn, he took a sabbatical last summer.
Ahead of the trip, Revington said of the trip: “We are very pleased to be travelling to Seville to continue our January training phase as well as to play two games versus the Netherlands at the same time.” They play the Dutch at 4pm (CET) on Sunday and Monday.
The selection has the knock-on effect of freeing up Three Rock pair Peter Blakeney and Michael Maguire for their refixed league match with Weston on Saturday while Corinthian’s Davy Carson, Monkstown’s Gareth Watkins and David Fitzgerald and Glenanne’s Gary Shaw – among others – return to club training.
Meanwhile, Irish skipper Ronan Gormley will be honoured in Pembroke on Thursday night for his 100th cap at 8.45pm. All are welcome to attend.
Irish squad for Seville training camp: David Ames (Beeston, England), Joe Brennan (Glenanne), Chris Cargo (Reading, England), Timmy Cockram (Lisnagravey), Mitch Darling (Den Bosch, Holland), Ronan Gormley (Club de Campo, Spain), Conor Harte (SCHC, Holland), David Harte (SCHC, Holland), John Jackson (Mossley), John Jermyn (Cork C of I), Tim Lewis (Pembroke/Crefelder HTC, Germany), Eugene Magee (KHC Dragons, Belgium), Phelie Maguire (KHC Leuven, Belgium), Geoff McCabe (Santander, Spain), Bruce McCandless (Banbridge), Andy McConnell (THC Hurley, Holland), Iain Walker (Dublin YMCA), Michael Watt (Santander, Spain)