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Martin O'Neill chooses All Blacks over All-Ireland Final after Roy Keane sources World Cup tickets

Ireland manager jokes that he hopes that Kerry and Dublin "kill each other"

Barry Lennon

Published 17/09/2015 | 17:56

Ireland manager Martin O'Neill and his assistant Roy Keane watching the All-Ireland hurling final at Croke Park on Sunday
Ireland manager Martin O'Neill and his assistant Roy Keane watching the All-Ireland hurling final at Croke Park on Sunday

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill insists he will not be supporting either Dublin or Kerry in this weekend's All-Ireland football final but joked he wants both sides to "kill each other".

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O'Neill, who played Gaelic football for Derry at an underage level, will miss the final as he will be at the Rugby World Cup to watch New Zealand take on Argentina.

“Personally, I don't want either side to win because there's no Ulster team in it,” he said.

“It's unfortunate, I won't be there. Roy had got some tickets for the All-Blacks and I forgot the All-Ireland will be on. So I'll have to bring my Ipad with me to watch the game in Croke Park.

“As I said there's no Ulster side, I personally hope both teams will be killing one another, ” he joked.

O'Neill, when asked about the possibility of involving players from either Kerry Dublin in the international soccer setup, said he would consider it.

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Although he didn't mention names he did mention that he was “quite friendly” with the Dublin’s ace attacker Bernard Brogan.

O’Neill and his assistant Keane were present at GAA headquarters for the hurling showpiece between Kilkenny and Galway, but says he finds it easier to follow the big ball game.

“I went to the hurling game but I couldn't see what was going on,” he admitted. “

The ball is far too small. I just had to see how the crowd reacted to see what was going on at both ends.”

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