It is the time of the year when players make a decision on who they choose to play for at the international level in a World Cup year, and for Stuart Fielden, a prop at the Huddersfield Giants, he has made a decision to play for the Irish side over England.
Mark Aston, the Ireland coach, said that Fielden had his approach to play for the Irish accepted, with the prop a chance to play for Ireland against England in their group clash at the World Cup.
“Stuart has committed to the cause and will bring vast experience from playing at the highest level,” said Aston.
“There will be certain instances in the World Cup when he will be massive for us and he will add the steel and presence that we want at that level.
“I’m highly delighted that he’ll be with us.”
Although currently sideline with a knee injury, Fielden is expected to return before the end of the Online Blackjack year, with several other Super League stars including: Pat Richards (Wigan), Shannon McDonnell (Hull FC), Scott and Simon Grix (Huddersfiend and Warrington respectively) and and Damien Blanch (Catalans) all eligible and keen to play for Ireland.
Aston is excited that several Super League players have made the choice to play for Ireland, praising the efforts of Ben Currie in particular.
“Ben Currie is a big one for us – he has a massive future in the game,” Aston said.
“I watched him with great interest in the recent match against Wigan and one of the passes he put out showed exactly the kind of vision and decision making that I love.
“He’s big and strong as well and we’re delighted he’s pledged his allegiance to Ireland.”
Other Super League players set to play for Ireland include: Dave Allen (Widnes), Warrington trio Chris Bridge, Ben Harrison and Gareth O’Brien, as well as captain and half Liam Finn, who plays for the Featherstone Rovers.