Team Ireland completed three sparring sessions at the German Olympic and Paralympic Centre in Kienbaum, Germany, pictured below, yesterday ahead of the start of the Chemistry Cup on April 9.

The Irish squad are training and sparring with the host nation, Canada, Poland, Switzerland and Russia near Brandenburg.

The Chemistry Cup, also called the World Cup, begins on Tuesday week in Cologne.

Up to 20 nations are expected to compete and Cuba will sent a team to the tournament.

Ireland’s 13-strong squad arrived in Germany last Saturday.

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Chemistry Cup Cologne, Germany April 9/14

Irish squad

51kg Carly McNaul (Holy Family)
57kg Michaela Walsh (Monkstown)
69kg Christina Desmond (Fr Horgan’s)
69kg Grainne Walsh (Spartacus)

52kg Brendan Irvine (St Paul’s)
57kg Kurt Walker (Canal)
63kg James McGivern (St Georges)
63kg Wayne Kelly (Portlaoise)
69kg Kieran Molloy (Oughterard)
75kg Emmet Brennan (Glasnevin)
81kg Joe Ward (Spartacus)
91kg Tony Browne (St Michael’s)
91kg+ Dean Gardiner (Clonmel)

Team Manager: Bernard Dunne
Coaches: Zuar Antia, John Conlan, Damian Kennedy
Physiotherapist: Muireann Harte
Physiologist: Damian Martin