The initial squad has been selected throughout the AIB League season to date with club coaches asked to put forward names of opposition players that have impressed them. In addition to this, a four man team of selection advisors including Hugh McCaughey (Dungannon), Finbarr Dennehy (UCC), Stephen Rooney (Lansdowne) and Ciaran Smyth (Corinthians) have been monitoring games and recommending players for consideration.
The recommendations of the club coaches and selection advisors were then narrowed down by the Ireland Management team of Coach Geoff Moylan, Manager Mick Galwey, Assistant Coach Gerald McCarter and Assistant Manager Donal Brennan.
The only outstanding selection issue is at inside centre, where the management is waiting on Glen Telford to prove his fitness. If Telford does not pass a fitness test, then Philip Brophy will start the game.
The team will be captained by David Quinlan from Shannon.
Commenting on the game, Ireland Team Manager Mick Galwey said: â00After the success of last yearâ00s game, myself, the management and players are really looking forward to playing in front of another big crowd in Donnybrook. It is the only game Dublin that evening and hopefully it will be another entertaining game, just as last year against Scotland wasâ0.
â00The selection of this squad was a tough process with so many players to consider. The honour of representing not only Ireland, but the club game itself is a wonderful concept and will be even better if we win on Friday eveningâ0.
Ireland Club XV
The Ireland team to Play England Counties in the AIB Club International in Donnybrook on Friday, 23rd February 2007 at 19.05hrs is as follows:
15 - Richard McCarter (Dungannon)
14 - Niall Oâ00Brien (Clontarf)
13 - Kevin Hartigan (Garryowen)
12 - Glen Telford (Dungannon)/Philip Brophy (St.Maryâ00s College)
11 - Cronan Healy (Cork Constitution)
10 - Andrew Thompson (Shannon)
9 - Fiach Oâ00Loughlin (Clontarf)
1 - Dan Oâ00Connell (Galwegians)
2 - Matthew Crockett (Dublin University)
3 - Simon Shawe (Ballymena)
4 - Merle Oâ00Connor (Cork Constitution)
5 - Alan Maher (Lansdowne)
6 - Peter Malone (Garryowen)
7 - Conor Hartigan (Buccaneers)
8 - David Quinlan (Shannon) Captain
16 â00 Kevin Corrigan (Lansdowne)
17 â00 Stephen Nolan (Terenure College)
18 â00 Simon Crawford (Clontarf)
19 â00 Frank Cogan (Cork Constitution)
20 â00 Mark Bruce (Buccanneers)
21 â00 Barry Keeshan (Dolphin)
22 â00 Andrew Finn (Shannon)