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Ireland name 19-man World Cup squad to face England
2:43pm Thursday 31st October 2013 in News
WARRINGTON Wolves' four Irish representatives have kept their places in the 19-man squad to face England at the John Smiths Stadium, Huddersfield on Saturday, kick off 2.30pm.
Danny Bridge, Ben Currie, Tyrone McCarthy and James Mendeika keep their spots in the 19-man squad following Ireland's 32-14 defeat to Fiji in round one.
Having lost their first game, Ireland's NRL forward James Hasson has placed extra importance on the Wolfhound's second group game of the Rugby League World Cup 2013.
After defeat against Fiji at Spotland, Rochdale, Mark Aston’s side need at least one win to make it through the group stages, and despite admitting that it is important his tastes victory for a first time in RLWC2013, Hasson doesn’t want his team to get distracted.
“It is a must-win game,” said Hasson. “But we can’t think like that. We just have to carry on as we were.
“We need to believe in ourselves and believe that we can beat England and keep going as we were.”
“We were a bit deflated after the Fiji game but at the same time we can’t be too down because we know we put a good performance in.
“We were quite happy with how we played and there is a short turnaround before the England game so we have got to keep our heads up and prepare for that.”
As one of the nations who skipped a warm-up match before RLWC2013, Hasson was proud of his side gelling so quickly, to put in a positive performance against the Fijians, despite coming out on the wrong end of the result.
“We dug in deep and gave it everything we had,” said Hasson. “Unfortunately we didn’t get the result we wanted but we can take solace from the fact that we gave it our best.
“We didn’t have a warm-up game so we were still learning how every individual plays but I feel we know that now, and we have set the bar for how we should be playing against England and Australia.
“We could definitely improve on our attacking. We need to create more chances and when we get them we need to take them.
“We don’t need to reassess anything, we just need to keep building throughout the week and improve everywhere we can.”
Ireland squad to face England: Dave Allen, Luke Ambler, Bob Beswick, Damien Blanch, Danny Bridge, Ben Currie, Liam Finn, Simon Finnigan, Kurt Haggerty, James Hasson, Rory Kostjasyn, Stuart Littler, Tyrone McCarthy, James Mendeika, Anthony Mullally, Apirana Pewhairangi, Pat Richards, Joshua Toole, Brett White.