Ireland national rugby league team

Ireland National Rugby League Team

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The Ireland national rugby league team, known as the Wolfhounds, represent the island of Ireland (i.e., both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland) in rugby league football. The team is organized by Rugby League Ireland and are accredited as an affiliate member of the Rugby League International Federation (RLIF). The representative team is dominated by players from the European Super League and sometimes includes players from the Australasian National Rugby League (NRL). Ireland is also represented by an Ireland A side, which is made up of players from the domestic Irish competition.

Since Ireland began competing in international rugby league in 1995, it has participated in the Emerging Nations Tournament (1995), Super League World Nines (1996), World Cup (2000 and 2008), European Nations Cup (since 2003) and Victory Cup (2004). Ireland A compete annually in the Amateur Four Nations competition (since 2002) and the St Patrick's Day Challenge (1995–2004).

Irish players have in the past been selected to play for the Great Britain side, one recent example being Cork-born Brian Carney. However, since the Great Britain team was split into individual nations in 2007, it is unlikely that this situation will arise again.

World Cup 2008

See also 2008 Rugby League World Cup qualifyingSee also 2008 Rugby League World Cup

Ireland were drawn against Lebanon and Russia in Europe's Qualifying Pool Two. Ireland topped the group with a 16-16 draw with Lebanon at Dewsbury on 2...
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