London Broncos half-back Joe Keyes has been named in Ireland’s squad for the 2015 European Championship.
Ireland head coach Mark Aston includes eight members of the 2013 World Cup squad, including Keyes who has previously played for England at Academy level.
“It’s great to have a number of players back in the squad,” said Aston. “We were very unlucky last year to lose out in the Euros on points difference and will be looking to put that right in this year’s competition. We have quite an experienced squad with such as Liam Finn, Bob Beswick and Scott Grix all involved and we only have three uncapped players in Gareth Gill, Oli Roberts and Joe Keyes, so we are pretty settled.”
Aston’s squad face an away game in Albi against France to open the tournament before playing Scotland in Galashiels and then ending the campaign at home to Wales in their new home at Bray.
IRELAND 21-MAN SQUAD
Gareth Gill* (Ballynahinch Rabbitohs), Elliot Cosgrove, Sean Hesketh (Batley Bulldogs), James Mendeika, Oli Roberts* (Bradford Bulls), Liam Finn (Castleford Tigers), Luke Ambler, Ben Johnston (Halifax RLFC), Scott Grix (Huddersfield Giants), Gregg McNally, Bob Beswick (Leigh Centurions), Joe Keyes* (London Broncos), Casey Dunne (Longhorns RL), Will Hope (Oldham RLFC), Graham O’Keeffe (Oxford RL), Brad Hargreaves, Danny Bridge, Matty Hadden (Rochdale Hornets), Callum Mulkeen (Gloucester All Golds), Dave Allen (Whitehaven RLFC), Colton Roche (York City Knights)