Thursday 26 April 2018

Aussie Rules: Tohill prepares to rule the roost

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Anthony Tohill is expected to be unveiled as Ireland's new International Rules manager in Croke Park tomorrow.

Derry legend Tohill has been the strong favourite to become Ireland's ninth International Rules manager since it emerged that Sean Boylan would not be continuing for a third series.

The former All Star midfielder had a stellar International Rules career as a player, winning three series, in 1998, '99 and 2001 when he was captain.

He was a selector for Boylan's two series in 2006 and 2008 and was one of the GAA's chief negotiators in the United Arab Emirates when new rules were thrashed out in early 2008 following the controversy of the Galway and Croke Park tests in 2006.

The identity of Tohill's backroom team will also be unveiled tomorrow and it is thought that he could look to some of his old Rules colleagues from the end of the last decade, with Meath's Trevor Giles and Kerry's Seamus Moynihan to the forefront of speculation.

Giles and Moynihan were involved in the 1999 success with Tohill in Australia and Moynihan teamed up with the Derry man again in 2001.

The criteria for being involved in the International Rules management is that there can be no attachment to a current inter-county team.

Tohill will become the third Ulster manager of the Rules team following on from Brian McEniff (2000 and 2001) and Pete McGrath (2004 and 2005).

Ireland are the holders of the Cormac McAnallen Trophy and host the Australians at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick on Saturday, October 23, with the second test scheduled for Croke Park on October 30.

Irish Independent

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