The Green Machine will begin 2017 in the same manner in which they finished 2016 with a series of international fixtures in Spain, though on this occasion they will compete in a Tri-Nations competition against Spain, world number 9, and France, world number 17. The series will prove invaluable for Craig Fulton’s side as they face a higher ranked team in Spain, as well as a potential World League 2 opponent in France, placed in Pool B for World League 2 in Belfast (March 11-19). The squad selected is not dissimilar to that from December’s trip to Spain when Fulton elected for a mixture of youth and experience.
Speaking about the upcoming series Fulton said “It is a new look squad with a nice blend of youth and experience. We have some exciting younger players making the squad and pushing for places which is healthy for our short and long term goals to qualify for the World Cup as a Irish senior men’s squad”.
Fulton continued “It’s been five years since we hosted a senior men’s tournament in Ireland. We are really looking forward to playing World League 2 in Belfast, and the main goal is to qualify for the World Cup and this is the first step in that process”.