Despite a letter of support from the British Hockey Assn. Ireland was denied the use of Northern Irealand's players for both the Women's Division V World Championship in Bulgaria and the U18 for Men in Mexico. Northern Ireland is part of the United Kingdom, but the Irish Constitution allows nationality to citizens of the north and south. The particular difficulty for both teams is the use of these players for years--who voluntarily transferred to the Irish Assn. and have been a large part of both teams qualifying.