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Australia will be represented by an all-indigenous team for the October International Rules series

Updated: Thursday, 04 Jul 2013 11:55 | Comments

Adam Goodes captained Australia to their 2010 series victory
Adam Goodes captained Australia to their 2010 series victory

The AFL will send an all-indigenous side for the two-test International Rules series with Ireland in Cavan and Croke Park in October.

The Australia side, set to be named in September, is expected to feature the likes of Hawthorn forwards Lance Franklin and Cyril Rioli and Sydney's dual Brownlow medallist Adam Goodes.

Goodes is the most high profile indigenous player in AFL and was captain of the Australian team that won the 2010 International Rules series with victories over Ireland at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick and Croke Park.

Former Kerry star Tadhg Kennelly will assist head coach Michael O'Loughlin in coaching the tourists.

Kennelly and O’Loughlin were teammates on the Sydney Swans team, that won the AFL Championship in 2005.

Interest in the hybrid game has waned in Australia following the 2011 series when Ireland won 2-0 and many of the AFL's top stars did not make themselves available.

AFL Deputy CEO Gillon McLachlan said: "To the best of our knowledge, the All Stars representing the AFL in International Rules against Ireland will be the first All-Indigenous team to represent a national sporting code at senior level overseas since the first cricket team toured England in 1868."

McLachlan continued: “This series has needed reinvigoration.

"The fact that senior indigenous players like Adam Goodes, Buddy Franklin, Shaun Burgoyne and others have said 'we want to play representing the indigenous all-stars' ... was exciting for us.

"That commitment carries a lot of weight." 

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