Irish Squad settle in in Russia ahead Pavlyukov Tournament

Team Ireland are in their second day of training camp in Anapa, Russia ahead of the opening bell for the Pavlyukov Memorial next Sunday, report Irish coaches Billy McClean and Fergal McKenna.

The nine-strong Irish squad, which arrived in Anapa on Saturday, hit the ground running at the Black Sea resort and are training with the host nation, the Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Cuba, who drew 5-5 in a test match with Russia at the weekend. Scotland are also in Anapa, while the USA and Kazakhstan are due to arrive this week.

“It’s a very tough training camp, but the boys have settled in well and they’re getting a lot of work done. We’re looking forward to the start of the tournament next weekend,” said Billy McClean.

Team Ireland are building up toward the European Youth Championships in Poland in November.

Irish squad

49kg Stephen McKenna (Old School)
52kg Willie Donoghue (St Michael’s Athy)
56kg Francis Cleary (Olympic)
60kg Tiernan Bradley (Holy Trinity)
64kg Kieran Molloy (Oughterard)
69kg Louis Crocker (Holy Trinity)
69kg Michael Nevin (Portlaoise)
75kg John Joyce cpt (St Michael’s Athy)
81kg Sean Conroy (Ballyhaunis)

Team manageer: Gerry O’Mahony
Coaches: Billy McClean & Fergal McKenna
R&J: Martin O’Neill

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