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Last Updated: Friday, 5 November, 2004, 16:32 GMT
Ireland plan to give it a go
Ireland coach Daryl Powell has promised his side will "give it a go" in the European Nations Cup final against England at Warrington on Sunday.

The Irish will take to the field as massive underdogs even after seeing off Wales and Scotland on their way.

"Ireland getting to the final is great for the game throughout Great Britain," said Powell.

"We've now got an 80-minute advert for Irish rugby league. It's great to be the first team to get to the final.''

There will a definite step up in class against England, though.

"The group games against Scotland and Wales were very evenly-matched. The standard really has been excellent.

"If you look at what's happened this year, with a few amateurs playing for each of their native countries, it's gone very well indeed.''

Former Lions prop Barrie McDermott is among the Super League players on duty for the Wolfhounds.

Ireland: David Bates (Halifax), Phil Cantillon (Halifax), Ged Corcoran (Halifax), Oran Darcy (Clontarf Bulls), Paul Darley (Featherstone), Carl De Chenu (Sheffield), Lee Doran (Oldham), Ian Dowling (Kilkenny Wildcats), Karl Fitzpatrick (Salford), Declan Foy (Kerry Kings), Tommy Gallagher (Leeds), John Gallagher (Leeds), Stuart Littler (Salford), Chris Maye (Swinton), Matt McConnell (Barrow), Barrie McDermott (Leeds), Martin McLoughlin (Oldham), Philip Purdue (Clontarf Bulls), Paul Southern (Rochdale), Pat Weisner (Halifax).




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Ireland 43-10 Scotland
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Wales 12-25 Ireland
17 Oct 04  |  International


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