Ireland announce squad numbers for World Cup

Drew Darbyshire
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Ireland coach Ged Corcoran has assigned his 24-man group with squad numbers, as part of the World Cup’s tournament rules.

Captain George King will don the number 13 shirt, which he worse twice during the last World Cup in 2017.

The Wolfhounds boast a very strong spine for this year’s tournament. Leeds ace Richie Myler will wear the number one, whilst NRL superstar Luke Keary will wear six. Halifax’s Joe Keyes, who was nominated for the Championship’s Player of the Year, will partner Keary in the halves after being given the number seven shirt. Rounding off the spine is Josh Cook, who is currently with Canterbury Bulldogs in the NRL.

In the pack, Challenge Cup winner Liam Byrne (Wigan) will partner Gold Coast Titans prop Jaimin Jolliffe in the front-row. Super League Grand Finalist James Bentley (Leeds) and Frankie Halton (Hull KR) will be in the back-row.

York prop Ronan Michael, who was born and raised in Balbriggan in County Dublin, has been handed the number 21 shirt as he prepares to play in his first World Cup.

Ireland squad numbers for World Cup:

1. Richie Myler

2. Keanan Brand

3. Ed Chamberlain

4. Toby King

5. Innes Senior

6. Luke Keary

7. Joe Keyes

8. Liam Byrne

9. Josh Cook

10. Jaimin Jolliffe

11. James Bentley

12. Frankie Halton

13. George King (captain)

14. James McDonnell

15. Harry Rushton

16. Brendan O’Hagan

17. Dan Norman

18. Henry O’Kane

19. Robbie Mulhern

20. Louis Senior

21. Ronan Michael

22. James Hasson

23. Michael Ward

24. Ben Mathiou

Ireland are in a group with New Zealand, Lebanon and Jamaica. The Wolfhounds get their World Cup campaign underway against Jamaica in Leeds on Sunday.

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