Ireland national men’s hockey coach Andrew Meredith has announced a squad of 18 for the upcoming Champions Challenge I in Quilmes, Argentina from 24 November to 2 December.

It’s is Meredith’s first squad announcement as coach following on from a five-day training camp in Holland.

Commenting on his selection Meredith said: “The champions challenge in Argentina will provide a great test for the team in what should be an extremely close and difficult competition.

“I would expect that a number of the teams will view this as an excellent opportunity to qualify for the 2013 champions trophy, and to gain very valuable world ranking points....”

“The tournament presents a very good platform for me to have a good look at where we are in terms of experience and positional coverage, in a challenging environment against quality opposition,” he added.

Ireland face hosts Argentina on 24 November, Japan on 25 November and South Africa on the 27th, before the quarter-finals on the 29th, which are followed by the semi-finals and cross-pool play-offs on 1 December. The medal and classification matches are on December 2.

Ireland squad: Christopher Cargo, Peter Caruth, Timothy Cockram, Mitch Darling, David Fitzgerald, Paul Gleghorne, Ronan Gormley, Conor Harte, David Harte, John Jackson, John Jermyn, Stuart Loughrey, Eugene Magee, Geoff McCabe, Bruce McCandless, Andy McConnell, Shane O’Donoghue, Michael Watt.