HOME INTERNATIONAL: Squad updates
There have been several changes to the originally announced line-ups for the Home Internationals at Fife on Saturday May 21st
Ireland, who were intending to field a Select team, will not now be doing so due to unforeseen circumstances. This means that England & Scotland will face each other in a 6 rider plus optional reserves formula over 18 heats. England Junior team manager Zac Payne has released a statement regarding his team:
“With the withdrawal of Ireland from the Junior Home international match only leaving 2 nations the current race formula would no longer work. Discussions took place with Mike Hack and the Scotland team manger to field a 6 man team + optional reserves to run an 18 heat formula.
“The original team has not changed, Noah Woodhouse will still lead the team as captain followed by Harry Radford, JJ Wildman, Charlie Parr and Ellis Richmond.
“Joining the 5 will be Kenzie Bennett from Poole and returning to side from last year is Kielan Burton from Sheffield. Both riders will fit straight into the team and I’m really excited to have them on board. “
England’s Senior team shows one change from the originally announced line-up. Due to work commitments Lewis Brinkhoff has had to withdraw and his place will be taken by Astley & Tyldesley’s Reece Pollitt
In the Over 40’s match Scotland have made a change with Ewan Tulloch coming in to replace his Edinburgh team-mate Neil McPherson. Ireland’s Over 40’s team will be John Evans, Lee Ashman, Paddy Wenn, Dave Blackmore & co-manager Steve Copping. At least 3 of those riders will also be riding in the Senior match along with Patrick Smith-O’shea from Sheffield and Great Blakenham’s Scott McDowell (who hadn’t confirmed his availability at the time of writing)