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Ireland manager Paul Earley names 23-man squad for International Rules clash with Australia

Updated: Thursday, 17 Oct 2013 21:14 | Comments

Michael Murphy (left) will captain Ireland for the opening clash with Australia in Cavan
Michael Murphy (left) will captain Ireland for the opening clash with Australia in Cavan

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Ireland manager Paul Earley has named his 23-man panel for Saturday’s first test match against Australia at Kingspan Breffni Park in Cavan.

Mayo have four representatives on the squad as Aidan O’Shea, Kevin McLoughlin, Colm Boyle and Lee Keegan are named.

Captain Michael Murphy is joined by Donegal team-mates Paddy McBrearty and Neil McGee, while vice captain Aidan Walsh joins fellow Cork men Michael Shields and Ciarán Sheehan on the panel. Dublin and Laois both have three representatives each.

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.”

Ireland panel to face Australia at Kingspan Breffni Park, Saturday 19 October, throw-in 7pm: Michael Murphy (Donegal, capt), Aidan Walsh (Cork, v capt), 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).

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