Irish men announce 10 home international ties

The Irish men will play an extensive series of international matches, welcoming Korea, Canada and the Netherlands to these shores over the next couple of months.

The matches offer the opportunity to see 2 Olympic-bound teams, Canada and the Netherlands, as well as world number 9 Korea, the side who agonisingly ended Ireland’s chances of reaching London in 2012.

The home-fixtures are part of several series the Green Machine will take part in before the Rio Olympics. The side will meet Germany in a three match-series in Hamburg on May 12, 13 and 15. They will also compete in a six nations tournament featuring Argentina, Spain, Germany, New Zealand and India in Valencia from June 27 to July 3.

Speaking about the upcoming home fixtures, coach Craig Fulton said: “It’s great for the public to see these top teams but equally important to give them a chance to come and support the Green Machine.

“These matches will be very competitive; the Netherlands are world number two and current European champions.

“Playing Canada in Ireland will be great competition for both teams. We are very closely ranked [Ireland are 12th, Canada 14th] and the games will have a nice edge to them. We are still in selection phase which will allow us to play different players throughout the four game series.

“Korea will be competing in the Champions Trophy in London in June and they will give us a real challenge. We will be very focused on achieving our training and playing team goals against a very attacking Korean team.”

Tuesday, May 31:
Ireland vs Korea, Dublin, 7pm
Thursday, June 2: Ireland vs Korea, Dublin, 7pm
Saturday, June 4: Ireland vs Korea, Dublin, 2pm
Sunday, June 5: Ireland vs Korea, Dublin, 2pm

Thursday, June 9: Ireland vs Canada, Stormont, 7pm
Friday, June 10: Ireland vs Canada, Stormont, 7pm
Sunday, June 12: Ireland vs Canada, Dublin, 2pm
Tuesday, June 14: Ireland vs Canada, Dublin, 11.30am

Monday, July 4: Ireland v The Netherlands, UCC, 7pm
Wednesday, July 6: Ireland v The Netherlands, UCC 7pm

Tickets available online shortly (www.hockey.ie) and at the gate; Dublin match locations will be announced in the coming weeks.

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