Despite being current World Cup Champions, Ireland are only seeded third this time round. Former World No1 Mark Beattie will captain the side and is joined by P.J Gallagher & players player of the season Joe Beattie. Tony Bell is unable to make it so Pauline Beattie retains her place in the team. A storming second half of the season means the Irish foursome are bang on form and will still be most people’s favourites to defend their title.
With Joe and Mark contesting the World Masters final back in April, which Joe went on to win 10-5 and become the first player to win back to back titles they will fancy their chances again. A likely semi-final match up against Belgium looks the best bet with a final appearance against England or two time finalists Sweden. Can the Irish become the first team to retain the title?