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Wigan Warriors, Leeds Rhinos and Warrington Wolves men included in superb Ireland squad alongside star NRL halfback

Ahead of Shaun Wane’s England squad announcement in the morning, Ireland have themselves named their World Cup squad and it certainly is star-studded.

It’s ironic that Ireland would release the news on the day England have been struck by two major injury blows in the loss of Jonny Lomax and Mark Percival whilst Ireland boast players who would make ideal replacements in the England squad.

England will wish that Luke Keary, star of Sydney Roosters 2018 Grand Final win and a back to back NRL winner in 2019 gives Ireland a star halfback whilst England centre Toby King has elected to represent Ireland in the World Cup.

Keary will be joined in the halves by the impressive Joe Keyes who has had an outstanding season at Halifax.

The spine will be completed by Leeds’ brilliant Richie Myler at fiullback who is joined in the squad by teammate James Bentley and one of Leeds’ new signings James McDonnell who has left Wigan for the Rhinos.

He spent time on loan at Leigh this term and his former teammates Kenan Brand and Ed Chamberlain feature as does Wigan teammate Liam Byrne who has been brilliant for the Warriors this year.

Warrington’s Rob Mulhern is named as another prop whilst Senior twins Innes and Louis are also named in the squad. Innes’ new Huddersfield teammate Harry Rushton is also included.

James Bentley (Leeds Rhinos), Kenan Brand (Leigh Centurions), Liam Byrne (Wigan Warriors), Ed Chamberlain (Leigh Centurions), Josh Cook (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs), Frankie Halton (Hull KR), James Hasson (South Sydney Rabbitohs), Jaimin Jolliffe (Gold Coast Titans), Luke Keary (Sydney Roosters), Joe Keyes (Halifax Panthers), Toby King ( Wigan Warriors), George King (Hull KR), Ben Mathiou (Featherstone Rovers), James McDonnell (Wigan Warriors), Ronan Michael (York City Knights), Robbie Mulhern (Warrington Wolves), Richie Myler (Leeds Rhinos), Dan Norman (St Helens), Brendan O’Hagan (York City Knights), Henry O’Kane (Wests Tigers), Harry Rushton (Huddersfield Giants), Innes Senior (Huddersfield Giants), Louis Senior (Hull KR), Michael Ward (Batley Bulldogs).

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