Dublin keeper Cluxton named as captain of International Rules team as squad is picked
Published 11/10/2011 | 16:33
ALL-IRELEAND final hero Stephen Cluxton has been chosen to captain the Ireland team for the upcoming International Rules Series.
Cluxton is the only Dublin player included in the 18-man Irish squad which was announced today.
Five other players will be added to the travelling panel,
Anthony Tohill's decision to appoint Cluxton as captain makes him the first Ireland International Rules skipper from Dublin since John O'Leary in 1987.
Said Tohill: "The strong interest shown amongst players demonstrates the enthusiasm for the game and the importance players place on representing their country."
Tohill will have the backing of selectors Eoin 'Bomber' Liston, Kevin O'Brien, Séan Óg de Paor and Kieran McGeeney as Ireland look to reclaim the Cormac McAnallen Cup.
The first Test will take place at the Etihad Stadium Melbourne on Friday, October 28.
The series decider pencilled in for the Metricon Stadium on the Gold Coast a week later (Friday, November 4).
IRELAND INTERNATIONAL RULES SQUAD
Captain: Stephen Cluxton (Dublin)
Vice-captain: Ciarán McKeever (Armagh)
Emmet Bolton (Kildare)
Eoin Cadogan (Cork)
Kieran Donaghy (Kerry)
Leighton Glynn (Wicklow)
Finian Hanley (Galway)
Pearse Hanley (Mayo/Brisbane Lions)
Darren Hughes (Monaghan)
Tadgh Kennelly (Kerry/Sydney Swans)
Steven McDonnell (Armagh)
Kevin McKernan (Down)
Joe McMahon (Tyrone)
Neil McGee (Donegal)
Michael Murphy (Donegal)
Darran O'Sullivan (Kerry)
Kevin Reilly (Meath)
Aidan Walsh (Cork)