There’s one name that really catches the eye in the Ireland squad and that’s Luke Keary.
The Sydney Roosters six is a three time NRL winner even winning two titles in a row with the Roosters in 2018 and 2019.
He picked up the Man of the Match in 2019 as well. A real quality player, he would be regarded by most as their star player and their most important player in the spine followed by Leeds’ Richie Myler at fullback.
However, the most important might be former Hull KR scrum-half Joe Keyes.
Keyes left the Robins at the end of last year to join Halifax where he shone being nominated for the Championship Player of the Year and speaking to the BBC, Keary has showered him in praise crediting him for being the guiding force that frees him up: “He’s been awesome. He’s tasted a bit of Super League, he’s 26 now, he’s got a calm head. I love playing with those halfbacks who steer the ship around the field. I’m really impressed with him.”
Keary, of course, also looked ahead to today’s huge game against a very exciting Lebanon team.
He also noted his pride at playing for Ireland and his ambition to make a splash in the tournament: “I wanted to represent dad’s heritage and my heritage. It wasn’t to be in 2017 but I’m happy to be here.
“Hopefully we can make a dent in this competition, it steps up against Lebanon. They’ll be a tough task. We’re going to give it our best.
“They have a class backline and Mitch in the halves.”
Lebanon will be without Mitchell Moses’ halfback partner Adam Doueihi through suspension which could give Ireland the edge.