Team Ireland fly out to Sofia tomorrow for their first tournament in eleven months because of the Covid-19-pandemic.

The squad are taking part in the 72nd Strandja multi-nations which are scheduled to begin next Tuesday in the Bulgarian capital.

Thirty-five nations, including the host country, Ireland, Kazakhstan and the USA, will go into the hat for next Monday’s draw.

Ireland, courtesy of Kellie Harrington and Aoife O’Rourke, who are with the Irish squad for next week’s tournament, claimed silver and bronze at the last edition of the Strandja multi-nations in January 2021.

Strandja Multi-Nations Sofia, Bulgaria February 21/28

Irish squad

51kg Niamh Earley (Ryston BC)
52kg Brendan Irvine (St Paul’s BC)
57kg Michaela Walsh (Monkstown BC)
60kg Kellie Harrington (St Mary’s BC)
63kg George Bates (St Mary’s BC)
75kg Aoife O’Rourke (Castlerea BC)
81kg Emmett Brennan (Dublin Docklands)
91kg Kirill Afanasev (Smithfield BC)
91+kg Gytis Lisinskas (Celtic Eagles BC)

Team Manager:Bernard Dunne

Coaches: Zauri Antia, John Conlan, Dmitry Dmitruk

Physio: Lorcan McGee