Ireland name 23-strong side for Elite International Tournament in Dublin

Ireland have named two panels for the International Round Robin tournament in Dublin this weekend.

23 fighters, 19 men and 4 women, will represent Ireland at the National Stadium against Russia, France, Germany, and Italy.

The Irish squad is a mix of youth and experience, with three Olympians set to feature. Double European gold medalist, Rio Olympian, and reigning Irish light heavyweight champ Joe Ward does not feature due to a hand injury. European bronze medalist Dean Walsh is also not listed in the panel

The tournament will take place on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday –  a full schedule will be announced shortly.

Among the travelling fighters are Olympic medalists Evgeny Tischenko, Vitaly Dunaytsev, Sofiane Oumiha, Artem Harutyunyan, and Vladimir Nikitin.

Ireland are using the tournament as part of their preparations and selection process for the European Championships this June in Kharkiv, Ukraine.

Ireland 1
Men
49kg Blaine Dobbins (St Josephs, Derry)
52kg Brendan Irvine (St Pauls)
56kg Kurt Walker (Canal)
60kg Patrick Mongan (Olympic)
64kg Sean McComb (Holy Trinity)
75kg Emmett Brennan (Glasnevin)
81kg Tony Browne (St Michaels, Dublin)
91kg Darren O’Neill (Paulstown)
91kg+ Martin Keenan (Rathkeale)

Women
51kg Carly McNaul (Ormeau Road)
60kg Kellie Harrington (Glasnevin)
75kg Christina Desmond (Fr Horgans)

Ireland 2
Men
49kg Connor Jordan (St Aidans)
52kg Thomas McCarthy (Brian Dillons)
56kg Stephen McKenna (Old School)
60kg George Bates (St Marys)
64kg Wayne Kelly (Ballynacargy)
69kg Steven Donnelly (All Saints)
75kg Michael Nevin (Portlaoise)
81kg Michael Frayne (St Marys)
91kg Ken Okungbowa (Athlone)
91kg+ Dean Gardiner (Clonmel)

Women
75kg Grainne Walsh (Sparticus)

Visiting squads

France
Men
56kg Jordan Rodriquez
60kg Sofiane Oumiha
64kg Wahid Hambli
75kg Bengoro Bamba
81kg Diabira Mamadou or Leonardo Mosquea Jimenez
91kg Djamili Dini Aboudou Moindze

Women
51kg Houria Djalout
60kg Flora Pili

Germany
49kg Salah Ibrahim
56kg Dominik Hirsch
60kg Artut Bril
64kg Robert Harutyunyan
69kg Arten Harutyunyan
69kg Christian Dezel
75kg Artur Beck
75kg Brian Hellwig
81kg Ibragim Bazuev
91kg Nikolas Weizmann

Italy
Men
49kg Serra Fedrico
52kg Cappai Manuel
56kg Di Serio Raffaele
60kg Iozia Francesco (reserve Canonico Giuseppe)
64kg Di Learnia Paolo
69kg Arecchia Vincenzo
75kg Cavallaro Salvatore
81kg Antonaci Fedrico
91kg Fiori Simone
91kg+ Vianello Guido

Women
51kg Mostarda Roberta
60kg Testa Irma
75kg Canfora Assunta

Russia 1
Men
49kg Vassili Egorov
52kg Vadim Kudriakov
56kg Bakhtovar Nazirov
60kg Vladimir Nikitin
60kg Gabil Mamedov
64kg Vitaly Dunaytsev
69kg Sergei Sobylinski
75kg Petr Khamukov
91kg Evgeny Tischenko
91kg Ivan Veriasov

Russia 2
Men
49kg Tamir Galanov
52kg Viachelslav Tashkarakov
56kg Nazir Balaev
64kg Aital Doakonov
64kg Dmitrii Polianskii
69kg Arten Zaitsev
75kg Dmitrii Nesterov
81kg Georgii Kushitashvili
91kg Ilia Kvasnikov
91kg+ Arten Suslenkov

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