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Australians go for the younger look

AUSTRALIA have announced a young and relatively inexperienced International Rules side to take on Ireland in the upcoming hybrid tests in Melbourne and the Gold Coast.

Premiership stars James Kelly and David Wojcinski give the side some star power but when it comes to the game's elite there are several notable absentees.

One of the AFL's biggest stars - Gary Ablett - was expected to debut for his country having moved to new franchise, the Gold Coast, but is missing from the squad. Brownlow medallists Adam Goodes and Chris Judd are also absent.

Cats star Wojcinski is one of four players who have played the game before, with Brad Green, James Frawley and Stephen Milne the others.

Brad Green was particularly impressive during the last series showing natural flare with the round ball in front of the posts. There are no players from Martin Clarke's Collingwood side who played in the Grand Final decider against the Cats.

While only four players have played the hybrid game at senior level, Shaun Grigg (Richmond), Angus Monfries (Essendon) and Andrew Swallow (North Melbourne) have all played in the now defunct under-17 Series.

Meanwhile the Irish side will have plenty of AFL star power in their ranks with a number of Irish signings named in the squad. Brisbane Lions Pearce Hanley, the only Irish player to play every game this season will head up the Australian based contingent alongside Tadhg Kennelly.

"To get picked to play for and represent your country is an amazing opportunity and I can't wait," said Hanley. Elsewhere Setanta ó hAilpín is looking for a trade out of Carlton and the club.

AUSTRALIA (International Rules panel): Richard Douglas (Adelaide Crows), James Frawley (Melbourne), Robbie Gray (Port Adelaide), Brad Green (Melbourne), Shaun Grigg (Richmond), James Kelly (Geelong Cats), Jake King (Richmond), Ben McGlynn (Sydney Swans), Trent McKenzie (Gold Coast Suns), Stephen Milne (St Kilda), Angus Monfries (Essendon), Robin Nahas (Richmond), Mark Nicoski (West Coast), Mitch Robinson (Carlton), Liam Shiels (Hawthorn), Zac Smith (Gold Coast Suns), Matthew Suckling (Hawthorn), Andrew Swallow (North Melbourne), Colin Sylvia (Melbourne), Jack Trengove (Melbourne), Bernie Vince (Adelaide Crows), Callan Ward (GWS Giants), David Wojcinski (Geelong Cats), Easton Wood (Western Bulldogs).

p MICHAEL RYAN will become the new Waterford hurling manager next Monday night.

The Déise native will be the first homegrown manager since Tony Mansfield back in 1995 after a succession of 'imports' which started with Gerald McCarthy taking the reigns in 1996 and ended with Davy Fitzgerald's decision to walk away after the conclusion of this year's All-Ireland SHC.

Ryan will be appointed on a two-year term, bringing Kerry's senior football trainer, Pat Flanagan and Nicky Cashin into his backroom team.

Previously, Ryan managed the Waterford ladies footballers and was part of this year's Dublin ladies football management set-up.