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16 October 2018

Swinton Lions Head Coach Stuart Littler names loose forward Will Hope in his first Ireland squad.

The former Ireland international was named head coach on September 13

Swinton Lions Head Coach Stuart Littler has named his first 35-man train-on squad as Ireland Coach, including Lions’ Will Hope.

The former centre was named as the new Ireland international coach in September, having previously made 19 appearances for the Wolfhounds.

Littler replaces Mark Aston, who led the side to two World Cups in 2013 and 2017.

Lions front-rower Will Hope has been named in the squad, captained by Newcastle Thunder’s latest recruitment Liam Finn.

Player’s player of the year Rhodri Lloyd was also recently named in Wales’ squad and Josh Barlow has been selected in Scotland’s 35-man train-on squad for the upcoming European Championship and Rugby League World Cup qualifiers campaign.

The full squad is as follows: 

Sean O’Sullivan, Connor Smyth (Athy Sharks), Michael Ward (Batley Bulldogs) Chris Hall, Connor Phillips (Belfast Stags), Joe Keyes, Gregg McNally, Ethan Ryan (Bradford Bulls RL), Peter Ryan (Coventry Bears RL/ Galway tribesmen), Aaron Ryan (Dublin City Exiles) Ryan Guilfoyle, Ed O’Keefe, Roy Stanley (Galway Tribesmen), Ronan Michael (Huddersfield Giants RL /Longhorns RL), Lewis Bienek (Hull FC), Api Pewhairangi (London Broncos RL), Andrew Coade, Matt Connelly, Gareth Gill, Richie McHugh, James Mulvany, Kevin Varga (Longhorns RL), Tyrone McCarthy (Salford Red Devils), James Bentley (St Helens), Will Hope (Swinton Lions), Liam Finn, Scott Grix, Luke Hooley (Wakefield Trinity), George King, Pat Moran (Warrington Wolves), Alan McMahon (Waterford Vikings), Callum Mulkeen (West Wales Raiders), Callum O’Neill (Widnes Vikings) Liam Byrne, Declan O’Donnell (Wigan Warriors)

Littler takes charge of his first game on October 27, as his side face Scotland at Morton Stadium Santry.


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