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Four Warrington Wolves players in the Ireland 19 to face Fiji
11:10pm Sunday 27th October 2013 in News
ALL four Warrington Wolves players in the Ireland squad have been named in the 19 to face Fiji at Spotalnd Stadium in Rochdale on Monday night.
Ben Currie, Tyrone McCarthy, Danny Bridge and James Mendeika are set to figure in the Group A game, with the winners to go joint top with Australia after their defeat of England in Cardiff on Saturday.
Ireland head coach Mark Aston has gone for a healthy balance of youth and experience, with four time NRL Grand Finalist Brett White, Liam Finn, Pat Richards, Damien Blanch and Scott Grix playing the role of leaders.
With three teams going through the pool, the meeting with the Bati is a vital game for Aston’s Wolfhounds.
He said: “The boys who have been selected showed up pretty well in training. It’s exciting with a lot of new faces and a lot of people with exciting things to bring into the squad.”
One of the new boys who stands out is ex-Rylands Sharks junior Mendeika, who will be playing for Featherstone Rovers in the Championship next year.
“The new players are going to bring a new dimension to the squad and I’m delighted that James Mendeika gets the nod as well - he’s matured into a fine young player.
"We’ve a lot of players with a lot of youth in them and that’s important going into a World Cup.”
He also commented on his side's opposition: “They’re big strong and quick and have some outstanding outside backs who have played in the NRL.
"They’ve got the three Sims and Petero Civoniceva who are quality players. They’ll be big and strong up front and quick out back so we’ve got to be good. We’ve got a game plan and we’ve got to stick to that.”
Ireland squad: Dave Allen, Luke Ambler, Bob Beswick, Damien Blanch, Danny Bridge*, Ben Currie*, Liam Finn, Scott Grix, Kurt Haggerty*, James Hasson*, Rory Kostjasyn*, Stuart Littler, James Mendeika, Tyrone McCarthy, Anthony Mullally*, Eamon O’Carroll, Apirana Pewhairangi*, Pat Richards, Brett White*
*Denotes previously uncapped player
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