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Since 1998 I have played representative cricket. I have played for Ireland Under 13, 15, 17, 18 and 19.
I have also played in Ulster School Boys U15, 17 and 19 and the same for the Northern Cricket Union.
I have received a merit of achievement and was the U15 Northern Cricket Union's Player of the Year. I have participated in talented players schemes, was man of the match in Under 13 European Games. Was Captain of the U13 Ireland and Under 15, 16 Northern Cricket Union, Graham Cup and Club U13. Have received 'Young Player of the Year' Award over the past number of years for Cliftonville.
School Cricket - I played for our school 1st XI in 2000 aged 14.
In Club Cricket I played for U13 and U15 Graham Cup Team which we won for three consecutive years. I also played for the 2nd and 3rd teams prior to being selected to play for the 1st XI in 2001. I played in the Royal Liver Irish Cup Final, one of the youngest players, and continue to play with 1st XI at Cliftonville as Opening Bat.
Favourite Player: Inzaman-Ul-Haq - ability to hit the ball hard and has a very steady pair of hands in the slips.
William Boyd Rankin
I made my Irish International debut in 2003 and played for Ireland 'A' and Irish U19 side which won the European Championships. I attended a Cricket Academy in Spain last winter. I played for North West Provincial team last year and was awarded 'The North West Young Player of the Year'.
I have signed for Middlesex CCC for 2004 season.
I have represented Irish and Ulster School and won the Ulster Bank School Cup with Strabane Grammar School.
I play my Club Cricket with Bready CC 1st XI.
Favourite Player: Curtly Ambrose - a great character and great bowler who is a great example to all big fast bowlers.
Winning the Schools Cup 1999 Winning the European Championship 200 and 2003 Winning Northwest Tournament 1999 Attending the UPE Cricket Academy in South Africa Receiving North West Young Player of the Year 2002 Winning the All Ireland, North West, Senior Cup and the League with my club.
Youngest player in the Irish Squad and is the only player from the team eligible for the next Junior World Cup in 2008.
First played for Ireland U13s in 2001, captaining the team to success in Holland. Has since played for Ireland U15s and U17s, captaining the U15s, once again to success, in Scotland in 2003.
Stepping up to the U19s for the first time and hopes to make an impact at this level with my orthodox right arm leg spin.
Favourite Player: Shane Warne - a great character and an excellent spin bowler, with the ability to turn the ball a great distance.
Presently studying Business Studies and Accounting in Tallaght Institute of Technology.
Favourite Player: Shaun Pollock - a consistent bowler of line and length and a useful lower order hard hitting batter. Base my game on the former South African Captain.
Represented my school 1st XI cricket team for 5 years, as well as 1st XI rugby team for 2 years.
Have represented Ulster Schools Cricket Team and have played for Ireland U15 and U17.
Now at the University of Northumbria, Newcastle, England studying Building Surveying.
Ireland Senior Squad for Winter Training Captain of European Cricket Academy 2003 Vice Captain/Captain Ireland U19
Presently studying Engineering in Trinity College Dublin where I have been awarded the top sports scholarship (Knights Scholarship).
Formerly of Wesley College, Dublin, I am an Under 18 Hockey International (2nd in European Cup in Barcelona in 2003) and Underage Provincial Javelin Thrower as well as Under Age Cricket International. U18 Hockey International-
Favourite Player: Jonty Rhodes - attacking batsman, class fielder and all round sportsman (nice guy too!).
From Northern Cricket Union area, playing for Belfast Harlequins Cricket Club. Opening Batsman. Likes to score runs quickly. Wicket-keeper.
A member of the qualifying side for Holland 2003-Player of the Tournament with 187 runs at an average of 64.6, taking 13 victim behind the stumps.
Captain of the Ireland U17 team which finished runners-up in the European Championship in Denmark. Member of the Ireland 'A' Squad in the 'A' Championships in Belfast. NCU Senior Squad.
From Methodist College Belfast School, studying psychology, geography and economics.
First International Century v England U15 2002.
Favourite Player: Alec Stewart - up until last summer still playing Test Cricket at the age of 40. Unbelievable fitness and agility. A consistent run scorers in the England team no matter where he bats.
Robert John Rankin
Member of Irish U19 Squad which won the European Championship last season and also played for the Irish U17s who came 2nd in their European Championship.
I won the European Championships with the U15s (2001) and the U17s (2002).
I have played for Irish and Ulster Schools and won the Ulster Bank Schools Cup with Strabane Grammar School and play my Club Cricket with Bready Cricket Club 1st XI.
Favourite Player: Jacques Kallis - I admire his mental strength and genuine all round ability. He is a true all-rounder and an excellent role model.
I have been playing representative cricket for Ireland for 7 years. I made my first appearance for Ireland at the age of 12. I have captained Ireland at every underage level, ranging from the U13s to Ireland 'A'.
Amongst my most memorable moments were winning the European Championships at U15, U17 and U19 level, scoring a century for the U19s and picking up the 'Player of the Tournament' when I was 16. However, qualifying for the World Cup has to be the highlight of my career to date.
Captained Ireland at Under 13 and Under 15 level, winning both ECC Tournament trophies. Also on the Irish Under 17 and Irish Under 19 teams who were successful in their ECC Tournaments as well.
At 16 became the youngest ever player to receive a full Senior Irish Cap.
Currently contracted to Middlesex County Cricket Club during the summer months.
Favourite Player: Sachin Tendulkar - he has a wonderful technique. Scores quickly against the best in the world.
Won the Royal Liver Irish Senior Cup with Malahide Cricket Club in 2002. Captained Leinster U19 in 2003.
I was selected in the 'Team of the Tournament' in the World Cup Qualifying Tournament in Holland in 2003-the 'David Beckham' of the Irish Squad.
Favourite Player: Herschelle Gibbs - in my opinion the best fielder in the world.
Played for Eastern Province in South Africa 1985-1994 Coached Eastern Province 1999-2001 Coach of Ireland 2002-present
Favourite Player: Barry Richards - elegant batsman who made batting look easy.
Works as a full-time development officer with the Leinster Cricket Union with a main responsibility for school coaching visits, grass roots development, delivery of coach education courses and coaching with various Leinster and Irish underage sides.
Has coached with this Irish side since they first started in European Competitions at U15 level.
Every winter, spends time in South Africa working with both Youth and Senior Provincial Squads.
A determined, organised and well-motivated coach who has set high standards for this squad in this World Cup.