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Earley: Aussies will be up for Test
29 Oct 2014 15:03
Ireland manager Paul Earley reckons that Australia are going to take November's international rules Test seriously after last year’s farcical second game.
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The home side took a 22-point lead from the first tie in Cavan into the Croke Park Test and demolished an indigenous-only squad 116-37, taking the series on an aggregate margin of 101 points.
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The lack of any semblance of competition again sparked debate around the future of the oft threatened series, but Earley says that Ireland won’t have it so easy this time around.
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“It certainly is [different to the last couple of series]. They have decided to take it very seriously this year,” Earley told RTÉ Sport.
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“They have only chosen those players who have been represented as All Australians [equivalent to All-Stars], either this year or in previous years so you look at the quality and calibre of the squad, it’s probably the one of the strongest, if not the strongest, squad they’ve ever put out.
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“The fact that it’s a month later, played in the heat, 28-30 degrees I think is the average temperature that we’ll expect in Perth in November, it will make the challenge a fairly serious one.”
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