Ireland travel to Australia next month for the International Rules series. Joe Kernan leads his Irish side Down Under to defend the Cormac McAnnallen Trophy. However, this may be easier said than done across the two tests, and the best Ireland have to offer are faced with a huge challenge.
Today, the Australia squad has been named, and there are some big names in Aussie Rules in the mix.
Australian coach Chris Scott has named a 17-man outfit, charged with overcoming the visitors on November 12 and 19.
2017 Grand Final runners-up Adelaide have three on the squad, while winners Richmond are not represented.
Collingwood captain Scott Pendlebury last played the series in 2008. While some question the hunger of players to take part in the series, he feels the obvious draw of playing for your country.
“The lure of playing for Australia is fairly strong. We don’t get the opportunity to do that in our code so any chance we can to do that, and that’s why guys are so keen now.” Quote via AFL.
Australia squad to face Ireland:
Gary Ablett (Gold Coast)
Eddie Betts (Adelaide)
Travis Boak (Port Adelaide)
Shaun Burgoyne (Hawthorn)
Patrick Dangerfield (Geelong)
Nathan Fyfe (Fremantle)
Brendon Goddard (Essendon)
Toby Greene (Greater Western Sydney)
Michael Hibberd (Melbourne)
Rory Laird (Adelaide)
Zac Merrett (Essendon)
Scott Pendlebury (Collingwood)
Paddy Ryder (Port Adelaide)
Joel Selwood (Geelong)
Rory Sloane (Adelaide)
Chad Wingard (Port Adelaide)
Dayne Zorko (Brisbane Lions)