Ireland and England set for 100th test match

Ireland’s men play England this evening and tomorrow morning in two challenge matches as part of their build-up to the Champions Challenge I in Malaysia in what will be Craig Fulton’s first game in charge.

It will be the 100th time the two sides have met and the first since they drew in last August’s European Championships in Boom, Belgium.

Eugene Magee and Peter Caruth have some post-match discussions with George Pinner, Adam Dixon and Dan Fox Pic: Frank Uijlenbroek

Eugene Magee and Peter Caruth have some post-match discussions with George Pinner, Adam Dixon and Dan Fox Pic: Frank Uijlenbroek

This history spans back to 1895, with England winning 66 out of the 99 meetings. Fifteen of England’s squad will have vivid memories of the team’s last encounter, a result that saw them scrape through to the semi-finals.

Ireland’s panel is more experimental with just five of the European panel included.

Ireland squad (vs England) for April 10-11: David Fitzgerald (Monkstown), Stephen West (Three Rock Rovers), Jonathan Bell (Lisnagarvey), Matthew Bell (Banbridge), Philip Brown (Banbridge), Peter Brown (UCD), Nick Burns (UCD), Chris Cargo (Reading), Drew Carlisle (Banbridge), Davy Carson (Monkstown), Stephen Dowds (Banbridge), Jeremy Duncan (UCD), Stuart Loughrey (Cannock), John Jackson (Reading), Jason Lynch (Lisnagarvey), Michael Robson (Annadale), Harry Spain (Pembroke), Alan Sothern (Pembroke)

England: Alastair Brogdon (Wimbledon), Tom Carson (Reading), Nick Catlin (Reading), David Condon (East Grinstead), Adam Dixon (Beeston), Dan Fox (Holcombe), Mark Gleghorne (East Grinstead), Michael Hoare (Wimbledon), Ashley Jackson (East Grinstead), Iain Lewers (East Grinstead), Simon Mantell (Reading), Harry Martin (Beeston), Barry Middleton (Holcombe), George Pinner (Beeston), Dan Shingles (Reading), Patrick Smith (Cannock), Tim Whiteman (Beeston), Ollie Willars (Beeston)

Thursday, April 10: England v Ireland, 7.15pm, Sonning Lane
Friday, April 11: England v Ireland, 12pm, Bisham Abbey

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