Iftikhar Hussain has been called up to the Ireland squad, replacing Nigel Jones, for their over-40s international against Wales at Merrion on Thursday.

"It's a great honour and I was thrilled to get the opportunity," said Hussain.

"I'm really looking forward to get the chance to represent Ireland and I can't wait to pull on the green shirt.

"It's great to have Johnny 'Bap' Robinson in the team with me. Hopefully we can get the win over Wales."

Ifty, who turns 50 in two weeks' time, played first-class cricket in his native Pakistan, reaching the heights of representing the Pakistan 'A' side.

He first came to Ireland as a professional with Ardmore 25 years ago, helping them reach the 1998 Senior Cup final.

The affable all-rounder has also played with Limavady, Fox Lodge and Muckamore, but it is with Brigade that he is most associated, having won countless honours with the Beechgrove side.

Hussain is one of two NW players in the squad, with his former team-mate Johnny Robinson also named.

Ireland over-40s won their first match earlier this summer beating England thanks to a century from Kenny Carroll.