Ireland will send a strong selection of their GAA players to compete with Australia’s AFL outfit in the 2017 edition of the International Rules Series (IRS).
Sligo’s Niall Murphy has been named on the panel for the first time.
The Coolera/Strandhill player is one of 21 players named by Joe Kernan for the trip to Australia next month.
Coolera/Strandhillis one of the oldest GAA clubs in Sligo and field two adult mens teams, a ladies football team, a hurling team and a host of underage outfits in the different codes.
Surprisingly the three-in-a-row Champions have no players taking part. It was impossible to get any Dublin player this year IRS manager Joe McKernan stated due to difficulty in players getting further time off from their employers and other commitments.Australia v Ireland will be live on RTÉ Television on November 12 (5am Irish time) with the second test live on November 18 (8.45am). There will be a highlights show both evenings.
The panel for the upcoming tour Down Under in full is below:
Niall Morgan (Edendork, Tyrone)
Chris Barrett (Belmullet, Mayo)
Gary Brennan (Clondegad, Clare)
Eoin Cadogan (Douglas, Cork)
Killian Clarke (Shercock, Cavan)
Peter Crowley (Laune Rangers, Kerry)
Kevin Feely (Athy, Kildare)
Paul Geaney (Dingle, Kerry)
Pearce Hanley (Gold Coast/Ballaghadereen, Mayo)
Brendan Harrison (Aghamore, Mayo)
Conor Mc Manus (Clontibret, Monaghan)
Michael Murphy (Glenswilly, Donegal)Niall Murphy (Coolera/Strandhill, Sligo)
Paul Murphy (Rathmore, Kerry)
Karl O’Connell (Tyholland, Monaghan)
Aidan O’Shea (Breaffy, Mayo)
Niall Sludden (Dromore, Tyrone)
Enda Smith (Boyle, Roscommon)
Conor Sweeney (Ballyporeen, Tipperary)
Zach Tuohy (Geelong/Portlaoise, Laois)
Shane Walsh (Kilkerrin/Clonberne, Galway)Stand By Players
Mattie Donnelly (Trillick, Tyrone)
Niall Grimley (Madden Raparees, Armagh)
Connaire Harrison (Glasdrumman, Down)
Caolan Mooney (Rostrevor, Down)
Sean Murphy (Fenagh, Carlow)
Brendan Murphy (Rathvilly, Carlow)
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