Irish team manager Sean Boylan has confirmed his backroom team for the 2008 International Rules series in Australia.

Eoin Liston, Anthony Tohill and Hugh Kenny will aide Boylan in his task as selectors, with Seán Walsh taking on the role of Tour Manager assisted by Tommy Kilcoyne.

Derry's Seán Marty Lockhart will act as a runner in both Tests next month.

Boylan said: 'We are very pleased with the progress and hard work undertaken by the squad in training to date. There has been a huge response from the lads who are enthusiastic about playing the game and representing their country.

'Now that the Championship has concluded we will have a clearer picture of the travelling squad over the next few weeks.'

Boylan also confirmed that Tadhg Kennelly has been ruled out of the International Rules series against Australia next month.

Kennelly will undergo a shoulder operation on Friday and is likely to be out of action for three to four months.

Down native Martin Clarke, who plays for AFL side Collingwood, has ruled himself out of contention with an ankle injury.

The GAA and the AFL have agreed a couple of rules changes to clean up the game.

Players will be suspended for domestic matches in their respective leagues should they be guilty of any disciplinary issues on the field over the course of the series.

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

The referees for the Test games will be Pat McEneaney from Monaghan and Australia's Steve McBurney.

Elsewhere, the GAA has confirmed the appointment of Feargal McGill as its Operations Manager.