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Sunday 17 December 2017

Glynn confirms place on plane as Rules club versus country fears ease

GAELIC GAMES

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Hopes are rising that the club versus country conflict that has afflicted the International Rules Series may clear after the weekend.

Four of the 23-man squad are facing tough decisions if their clubs win important championship matches next weekend.

But Leighton Glynn will definitely be travelling on Monday once his championship commitments to the Rathnew footballers and Glenealy hurlers over the weekend are completed.

There is strong speculation in Dublin that Stephen Cluxton will honour his captaincy commitments to Ireland and fly out to Australia regardless of the result in next Saturday's quarter-final between his club team Parnells and Ballymun Kickhams.

However, if Parnells win Laois player Colm Begley is more likely to stay and play in a potential semi-final the following weekend.

Tentative approaches have been made to Leinster Council to see if there was any more flexibility with their provincial football championship, but with a three-week deferral already agreed it could not be countenanced.

Dublin have made a commitment to have champions in place for a first-round Leinster fixture on November 13.

Irish selector Kevin O'Brien confirmed yesterday that Glynn would be travelling on Monday even if Rathnew win their semi-final replay. "Leighton will be going. That's definite now," said O'Brien.

If Rathnew are in the final, it is likely to be pushed back until November 12/13, though no announcement has been made. Finian Hanley is also facing a tight call to make the trip even if his Salthtill team are beaten by Tuam in Sunday's semi-final replay.

O'Brien said he was confident that by the weekend the conflict will have resolved itself and flight plans have been put place to cover every possibility.

Irish Independent

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