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Last Updated: Tuesday, 16 August 2005, 13:55 GMT 14:55 UK
Nine Ulster stars in Irish squad
Nine Ulster players have been named in the Ireland squad for the European Nations Trophy in Rome next month.

Lisnagarvey pair Brian Waring and Mark Raphael are included along with Cookstown's Andy Barbour.

David Smyth, Graham Shaw and Iain Lewers are Annadale's representatives in the 18-man panel.

Loughborough-based Mark Gleghorne and Instonians duo Mark Irwin and Paddy Brown complete the Ulster contingent for the 11-17 September tournament.

However, Lisnagarvey's Timmy Cockram and Eugene Magee of Banbridge have missed out on the trip to Italy.

"Selecting this squad has been one of the hardest tasks of my coaching career which is credit to the commitment of the whole squad who have made it so difficult," said Irish coach Dave Passmore.

"I could have taken any 18 from the final 22 which is a privileged situation that coaches don't find themselves in very often.

"I would like to have taken more of the younger players but the guys in the 18 are there on merit and the players in form."

Injuries mean Passmore is unable to name his final two goalkeepers until the end of the month.

Ireland: A Barbour, W Bateman (GK), J Black, M Black, P Brown, K Burns, S Butler, G Elliott, M Gleghorne, C Henderson (GK), N Henderson (GK), D Hobbs, M Irwin, I Lewers, M Raphael, G Shaw, J Sherriff, D Smyth, B Waring.




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