Ireland’s men to play France twice at Rathdown

The Irish men will play France in a two-match series on March 1 (7pm) and 2 (6pm) in Rathdown School. The series will be the first chance of 2016 to see Ireland men’s hockey team in action as part of their preparations for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

France, ranked 17th in the world, are a tricky side and, the last time the two teams met, the men in green edged the tie with a 4-3 victory.

Lee Cole in action against France's Victor Charlet. Pic: Adrian Boehm

Lee Cole in action against France’s Victor Charlet. Pic: Adrian Boehm

That 4-3 victory came in the opening match of the 2015 Eurohockey Championships where Ireland went on to claim bronze medals for the first time.

The two sides have always enjoyed tight battles and Ireland will be looking to turn the tide in this home series; the previous two-match series saw the teams meet in Lille in May where France snatched the series with a 1-0 victory and a 3-3 draw.

Speaking about the upcoming series, head coach Craig Fulton said: “We look forward to playing France in Dublin a month after our warm weather camp in South Africa.

“France are a very attacking team and we enjoy playing against them. It will be a good challenge for us playing at home. We are looking to build on all we did in South Africa and reach the same, if not a higher, level of performance in the next two games.”

Tickets are priced at €5 per adults; school children are free and all tickets will be available at the gate. The squad for the series will be announced tomorrow morning.

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