Ireland International Rules Squad Named

Ireland International Rules Squad Named

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IRELAND International Rules manager and former Armagh footballer Joe Kernan has announced his squad for the upcoming International Rules Series against Australia next month.

21 players have been selected, although two more will be added from a stand-by list of seven.

Mayo has the most representatives, with Aidan O’Shea, Brendan Harrison, Chris Barrett and AFL-based star Pearce Hanley included, while Kerry has three players involved.

Mayo’s O’Shea will captain the team for the first time, while Monaghan forward Conor McManus has been named vice-captain.

Darragh Ó Sé, Pádraic Joyce and Dermot Earley are part of Kernan’s backroom team.

Although they were initially selected, club commitments forced Kerry's Paul Kerrigan to miss out, while an ankle injury has denied Tyrone man, Conor McKenna, the opportunity to represent his country for the first time.

It means two of Mattie Donnelly, Niall Grimley, Connaire Harrison, Caolan Mooney, Sean Murphy, Brendan Murphy and Sean Powter will also be selected to travel following further training sessions which will take place this week.

Here's the squad in full:

Ireland 2017 International Rules Squad

Niall Morgan (Edendork, Tyrone)
Chris Barrett (Belmullet, Mayo)
Gary Brennan (Clondegad, Clare)
Eoin Cadogan (Douglas, Cork)
Killian Clarke (Shercock, Cavan)
Peter Crowley (Laune Rangers, Kerry)
Kevin Feely (Athy, Kildare)
Paul Geaney (Dingle, Kerry)
Pearce Hanley (Gold Coast/Ballaghadereen, Mayo)
Brendan Harrison (Aghamore, Mayo)
Conor Mc Manus (Clontibret, Monaghan)
Michael Murphy (Glenswilly, Donegal)
Niall Murphy (Coolera/Strandhill, Sligo)
Paul Murphy (Rathmore, Kerry)
Karl O’Connell (Tyholland, Monaghan)
Aidan O’Shea (Breaffy, Mayo)
Niall Sludden (Dromore, Tyrone)
Enda Smith (Boyle, Roscommon)
Conor Sweeney (Ballyporeen, Tipperary)
Zach Tuohy (Geelong/Portlaoise, Laois)
Shane Walsh (Kilkerrin/Clonberne, Galway)

Stand-by players

Mattie Donnelly (Trillick, Tyrone)
Niall Grimley (Madden Raparees, Armagh)
Connaire Harrison (Glasdrumman, Down)
Caolan Mooney (Rostrevor, Down)
Sean Murphy (Fenagh, Carlow)
Brendan Murphy (Rathvilly, Carlow)
Sean Powter (Douglas, Cork)

The series opener kicks off Sunday, November 12th at The Adelaide Oval.