There will be no hibernation for a number of Irish players who will be heading for sunnier climes over the coming months.

Harry Tector will be following in the footsteps of his elder brother Jack as he goes to Sydney to play for Randwick Petersham.

The 'Randy Petes' forged an alliance with Cricket Ireland ahead of the 2015 World Cup, and other players who have been there include, Graeme McCarter, Peter Chase, Jack Tector, Andy Balbirnie and Barry McCarthy.

Jack himself is heading to Port Elizabeth in South Africa, where Craig Young and Stuart Thompson wintered last year under the watchful eyes of former Ireland coach Adi Birrrell.

Ireland Wolves all-rounder Shane Getkate is off to Cape Town, while Simi Singh is going to India to work on playing against spin bowling.

A trio of Irish internationals are heading to Western Australia, with Andy McBrine, Tyrone Kane and Stuart Thompson off to Perth.

Fionn Hand will be joining Preston in Melbourne, where Clontarf's Eoghan Delany is club skipper.

Also in Melbourne will be Irish women's internationals Rebecca Stokell and Leah Paul.

James McCollum is returning to Adelaide where he had such success last year.

Warrior Graham Kennedy is off  to Victoria, while fellow Warrior Ross Allen is also heading Down Under.

Aaron Gillespie is also hopeful of making it to Australia but is encountering visa problems.

The Leinster quartet of Stephen Doheny, Lorcan Tucker, Gareth Delany and David Delany are all attending college/university and will be staying in Dublin, but are hopeful of also playing abroad in the coming years.