Ireland International Rules manager Joe Kernan is anxiously awaiting on the fitness of three players who are suffering from an illness in Australia.
As the travelling squad try to acclimatise ahead of the first Test (Sunday, 5.10am Irish time), Kernan will be hoping that the illness doesn’t spread around the panel of 23.
Pearse Hanley who plays for the Gold Coast in the AFL, as well as Niall Murphy and Enda Smith are all in a race against time to prove their fitness ahead of the opening stanza of the two-Test series.
According to Martin Breheny of the Irish Independent, Eoin Cadogan and Conor McManus also sat out training on Thursday but the pair are expected to feature on Sunday.
While the duo are expected to be fit, there is a more pressing concern over Hanley, Murphy and Smith – but Kernan insists he has brought a strong panel and those who can put on the green jersey are good enough.
“If we can get the three lads back, it’s a bonus. If not, we have 20 men well able to do the job. We’d love to have all 23 fully fit, especially in that heat, but we’ll have to deal with whatever comes along,”
The first Test is on in the Adelaide Oval, before the pair meet again the following weekend in Perth’s Domain Stadium.
Check out the latest episode of The 16th Man where we spoke to Wexford camogie star Mags D’Arcy and previewed the First Test between Ireland and Australia.