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International Rules: Ireland Could Annihilate The Aussies

Michael Murphy named as Ireland Captain

International Rules Series 2013

Ireland v Australia

This is a game that has sparked fierce debate over the last few years primarily in relation to fighting and the tough nature of some incidents in this fixture. The Australians are sending an all indigenous team to take on the Irish in Breffni Park in County Cavan this Saturday.

Over the last few years the visitors tend to fare better than their counterparts but I think this series needs to be entertaining and some worth watching rather than players throwing punches or unneccessary incidents which could lead to this game being scrapped altogether.  I would fancy the Irish lads to be more skilful than the Aussies, but they must not let the nature of the Australian type tackle ruin this fixture.

This is the only time some of our GAA players get to play for their country, despite the popularity of such meetings over the past two decades. Ireland should have way more scoring ability than their Australian counterparts and I would expect them to be very comfortable victors over the AFL Players. However I would like to see this to be more like a pulsating encounter without the ugly incidents in the previous series. Ireland seem to have more interest in this tie and I would expect that they could annihilate their Aussie counterparts.

Verdict: Ireland 

Irish team manager Paul Earley has named his 23 man panel for Saturday first test match.

Mayo once again lead the way with four representatives as Aidan O’Shea, Kevin McLoughlin, Colm Boyle and Lee Keegan all claim panel spots.

Team captain Michael Murphy is joined by county colleagues Paddy McBrearty and Neil McGee while vice captain Aidan Walsh joins fellow Cork men Michael Shields and Ciarán Sheehan on the match day panel. Dublin and Laois both have three representatives each.

Team manager Earley said: “I’d like to thank all of the players who made themselves available for training and I acknowledge their enthusiasm and commitment.

“Reducing the numbers as we are obliged to do for match day was no easy task and those who have made the shortlist should and do consider it a real honour to represent their country ahead of the challenge of playing some of the best players in the AFL.

“Our training has really stepped up in the last few weeks and we are looking forward to Saturday’s first test and the support of what will no doubt be a passionate crowd in Cavan.”

The Irish Panel for test one is as follows:

Michael Murphy – Donegal (Captain)

Aidan Walsh – Cork (Vice Captain)

Paddy O’ Rourke – Meath

Colm Begley – Laois

Colm Boyle – Mayo

Ciaran Byrne – Louth

Sean Cavanagh – Tyrone

Paul Conroy – Galway

Paul Flynn – Dublin

Finian Hanley – Galway

Lee Keegan – Mayo

Ciaran Kilkenny – Dublin

Paddy McBrearty – Donegal

Jack McCaffrey – Dublin

Neil McGee – Donegal

Chrissy McKaigue – Derry

Kevin McLoughlin – Mayo

Conor McManus – Monaghan

Ross Munnelly – Laois

Aidan O’Shea – Mayo

Ciarán Sheehan – Cork

Michael Shields – Cork

Zach Tuohy – Carlton & Laois

Image courtesy of GAA.ie

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