Ireland and England in milestone clash

Iain Lewers playing for Great Britain
Iain Lewers playing for Great Britain

Ireland and England have been playing international matches that date back as far as 1895, and on Thursday will be the 100th meeting between the two countries.

England have won 66 of the 99 meetings and there is Ulster interest in both sides.

Not only do Ireland have 10 Ulster players in their side but England also include two, Iain Lewers and Mark Gleghorne.

A number of players playing in the NOW: Pensions Nations Cup will have to switch from being club teammates to international opponents, as those who play domestically for Reading also play alongside two players named in the Ireland squad – John Jackson and Chris Cargo.

Add in the factor of playing at their club’s home ground, no doubt the selected Reading internationals, both English and Irish, will be relishing the fixture ahead of them.

England are in preparation for the forthcoming World Cup and England coach Bobby Crutchley is looking forward to the game against Ireland.

He said: “Ireland are a strong side and we’ve had some great battles with them in recent years. They are a team which is continuously improving and with Craig Fulton taking over as head coach no doubt players will be keen to impress.”

10 April – England v Ireland – Reading Hockey Club – 1915

11 April – England v Ireland – Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre – 1200.