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Ireland - the Cheshire team that never was
1:06am Thursday 24th October 2013 in Sport
AN Ireland squad with a strong Warrington and Widnes flavour will open their World Cup Group A campaign against Fiji at Rochdale on Monday night.
Although Wolves’ Simon Grix has withdrawn from the squad this week due to injury, vice-captain Tyrone McCarthy, shooting stars Ben Currie and Danny Bridge along with recently-released James Mendeika will lead the way.
There are eight current or former Widnes Vikings in the ranks, including Warrington-born Simon Finnigan.
The others are Dave Allen, Bob Beswick, Damien Blanch, Eamon O'Carroll, Kurt Haggerty, Scott Grix and Anthony Mullally.
It could be said this is the merged Cheshire team that never was - back in 1996!
Ireland will be England’s second opponents on November 3, with Huddersfield’s John Smith’s Stadium already sold out.
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