How a combined Celtic nations team could look

Ireland's Micky McIlorum (left), Scotland's Lachlan Coote (centre) and Wales' Regan Grace (right)

For a bit of fun, we’ve decided to take a look at how a combined Celtic nations XIII would look if they were to play England.

We caught up with Sky Sports pundit Barrie McDermott last week, who said he would like to see a combined Celtic nations team take on England. 

McDermott, who won 30 caps in total for Great Britain and Ireland, would love to see a combined Celtic XIII take on England rather than continue with the All Stars concept in a bid to grow the game in Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

“Although the All Stars was a nice novelty game, I want to see a Celtic team,” McDermott told Love Rugby League. “I want to see a team where you can get the home nations involved.

“If you are saying that Ireland, Scotland or Wales aren’t strong enough to take on England on their own and that’s your outlook on it, then combine it and get a Celtic team together.”

READ: Barrie McDermott would like to see combined Celtic nations team face England

For a bit of fun, we’ve created a XIII of what a combined Celtic nations team could look like…

Our combined Celtic nations XIII: Lachlan Coote (Scotland); Rhys Williams (Wales), Kane Linnett (Scotland), Elliot Kear (Wales), Regan Grace (Wales); Callum McLelland (Scotland, Ryan Brierley (Scotland); Liam Byrne (Ireland), Micky McIlorum (Ireland), Gil Dudson (Wales), Tyrone McCarthy (Ireland), James Bentley (Ireland), Danny Addy (Scotland). Interchanges: Ben Flower (Wales), Ollie Roberts (Ireland), James Bell (Scotland), George King (Ireland).

We’ve included six Scotland players, six Ireland players and five Wales players in our line-up that could take on England in a hypothetical international match.

The squad boasts an array of talent, which would be headlined by the likes of Scotland’s Lachlan Coote, Wales’ Regan Grace and Ireland’s Micky McIlorum.

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  1. I’ve said this on the other article about this subject , if you want to try this idea , then get born and bred scots Irish and Welsh players or at the very least Anglo scots Irish and Welsh players to represent this team . As a ex Scotland international it gave me another gear to pull my countries shirt on , As I was born in Scotland I had a lot pride in my shirt and badge , I did enough for alan tait to pick me off Northampton’s ground playing America to say he wouldn’t judge a book by its cover again . Why because I was born in Glasgow , with my mum born in Glasgow my dad born in Kirkcaldy fife , not Australian kiwis wanta be jocks

    • Absolutely with you…I am tired of players from Lancashire,Yorkshire,Australia and New Zealand playing for Wales,Ireland and Scotland.Makes the sport look like a bloody joke.

  2. It’s an interesting idea but it only benefits England. One weekend a year should have England play the Combined XIII and have Scotland, Ireland, Wales and France play a game also.

  3. Have you not understood the question can we put a good Celtic side together to play a England side Celtic , that is Scotland Ireland and Wales , not just for the benefit of England it’s for the benefit of the other 3 nations as well . So the game can grow . Or have you forgotten that Scotland has manage to score twice against your England side in a World Cup game .

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