Bernard Brogan named as captain of the Ireland International Rules side
Dublin's Bernard Brogan will captain the EirGrid Ireland International Rules team in the upcoming series against Australia at Croke Park.
The 2015 All-Ireland medal winner and former player of the year has been named by team manager Joe Kernan as his team captain ahead of a wider panel announcement early next month.
Ireland will meet Australia on the evening of Saturday, November 21 - the 90th anniversary of Bloody Sunday.
Reacting to his appointment Brogan said: "It is both an honour and a privilege to not only represent Ireland, but to captain the national team too. As Gaelic footballers, opportunities to play for Ireland and pit our skills against athletes from other nations and codes are few and far between and next month we will test ourselves against arguably the strongest ever Australian team to come here.
“Not only do they include the best of the AFL in terms of talent but they have experience of this code in their ranks, not least with their management team whose exploits both in their domestic game and indeed in this code, are proven. It’s a challenge we will relish and I look forward to working with Joe and his selectors and all of the lads on the panel to do our best to keep the Cormac McAnallen Cup in Ireland.”
Team manager Joe Kernan added: “I wish Bernard well in what is a coveted role. He is following in the footsteps of many great footballers in accepting the role and it is something he is sure to embrace.
Massive honour for me to Captain my country, I hope I do the Green jersey proud against the Ozzies on 21st of Nov! pic.twitter.com/oKcd5FtoUm— Bernard Brogan (@bernardbrogan) October 24, 2015
“He has been a top footballer in our game for many years - something borne out by the many accolades he has earned - and he has also shown his prowess in this game. In addition to helping to generate a vital team spirit amongst our players, he will also lead by example where it matters most - on the field of play.”
Brogan has previosly played twice for Ireland, back in the 2010 series. He was top scorer in the first game defeat in Limerick with nine points and he scored five in the second game reversal in Croke Park.
Brogan, whose brother Alan has also represented Ireland, replaces Michael Murphy who led the Ireland challenge in last year's narrow defeat to Australia in Perth and in the home series win the previous year.
Tickets for the Croke Park encounter are currently on sale via www.gaa.ie and participating SuperValu and Centra outlets, priced at €25 for adults and €5 for children.
Group and school passes are also available, €3 per child with one adult free with every 10 children, please see www.gaa.ie/tickets for further information.