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Ireland Set for Home Internationals

The 2016 Home Internationals will get under way on Friday, again to be staged at the Northern Snooker Centre in Leeds.

Home Internationals

Rodney Goggins, far right, was in the last Irish winning team.

The team event pits nations from the British and Irish Isles, as well as some invited countries from further afield, against each other for annual international amateur honours.

Ireland sends a strong senior team comprising national champion TJ Dowling and former domestic winners in Jason Devaney, Rodney Goggins, and Michael Judge.

The quartet will be hoping to claim the trophy for a fifth time, having last secured success back in the summer of 2012.

Irish teams have finished runners-up on each of the three occasions the tournament has been held since.

England is the defending champion and this year their team boasts the likes of Oliver Brown, Nick Jennings and Brandon Sargeant.

Wales, champions in 2013 and 2014, have two teams with the supremely talented but perennial runner-up in Jamie Clarke amongst those in action for the B squad.

Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Guernsey make up the six-team tournament.

The senior competition, played in a round-robin style format, runs until Monday alongside the masters event.

Brendan Thomas, Tom O’Driscoll, Keith Sheldreck and Dylan Rees represent Ireland in the older discipline.

Subsequent to the conclusion of those will be the junior and billiards Home Internationals.

Aaron Holland, who recently won the CrossGuns Scholarship Award at the end of the inaugural CrossGuns Junior Series headed by Fin Ruane, competes in the Under-21s.

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