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Cavanagh to captain Ireland in Australia

Updated: Monday, 29 Sep 2008 11:01

Sean Cavanagh will lead Ireland as they attempt to regain the Cormac McAnallen Cup Graham Canty will act as vice-captain for the two-Test series Cavanagh helped Tyrone to a third All-Ireland football title last week
Sean Cavanagh will lead Ireland as they attempt to regain the Cormac McAnallen Cup Graham Canty will act as vice-captain for the two-Test series Cavanagh helped Tyrone to a third All-Ireland football title last week

Tyrone's Sean Cavanagh has been named as Ireland captain for this year's International Rules series in Australia.

Cavanagh, who helped Tyrone to a third All-Ireland football title last week, will be appearing in his fourth Test series, having played in 2004, 2005 and 2006.

Cork's Graham Canty, who toured Australia in 2005, 2003 and 2001 and has already played on ten occasions for his country, will act as vice-captain.

Ireland will play Australia in two Tests at the Subiaco Stadium in Perth on 24 October and at the MCG on 31 October.

Ireland manager Seán Boylan said: 'Seán Cavanagh has been in the form of his life this year. He was Man-of-the-Match in the All-Ireland final and was one of the key players in Tyrone's march to glory this year.

'He is an excellent communicator and leads by example on the field. He is also ideally suited to the International game and it is a tremendous boost to have him on board for the trip Down Under.'

Of Canty, Boylan said: 'Graham is a natural leader. You only have to think of the way he came up the field to score the winning goal for Cork in the closing moments of their Munster Championship game with Limerick this year when they looked down and out.

'He has starred for Ireland in the past and is one of the best defenders in gaelic football at the moment'

Boylan will announce his full squad to tour Australia at Croke Park on Tuesday 7 October.

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