16th October 2010, 10:26
Ireland looking to bounce back
Following last week's disappointing defeat at the hands of France Andy
Following last week's disappointing defeat at the hands of France Andy Kelly's Ireland squad will be looking to turn their Alitalia European campaign around as they prepare to face Wales in Neath.
Simon Grix, who was impressive in last Saturday's outing, will miss out this week with an elbow injury. Simon Finnegan will come into the squad in place of Grix and will add some vital experience to the side.
Finnegan was part of Ireland's 2008 World Cup Campaign which was a big success and his inclusion should lift the side who meet up tomorrow morning in preparation of this vital tie.
Carlow Crusader Paddy Barcoe who missed out last week after suffering a hamstring injury could be in contention for a place in the match day seventeen should he recover in time.
A win is a must for Kelly's men who will face stiff competition against a Wales side which is flying high after a 60 point haul against Scotland last week.
Speaking on the game Kelly was positive that he could put a stronger team out than in Avignon
"We faced a strong French side last week and at a time when we really could have been crushed we came back and showed great spirit."
Kelly will be hoping his side show that same spirit this week against the Welsh team which will include Warrington star Lee Briers as well as former British and Irish Lions captain Gareth Thomas.
Ireland Squad for Wales:
Brett McDermott (Barrow Raiders), Sean Hesketh (Batley Bulldogs), Paddy Barcoe (Carlow Crusaders), Matthew Fox (Dewsbury Rams), Liam Finn (Featherstone Rovers), Bob Beswick (Halifax), Jamie O'Callaghan (Harlequins RL), Scott Grix, Greg McNally (Both Huddersfield Giants), Adam Aigbokhae (Irish Students), Luke Ambler (Leeds Rhinos), Joe Taylor (North Dublin Eagles), Matt Ashe, John Gillam, Wayne Kerr (All Oldham), Ryan Boyle (Salford City Reds), Tim Bergin, Michael Haley (Both Sheffield Eagles), Brendan Guilfoyle (Treaty City Titans), Simon Finnigan (Widnes Vikings)