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Ireland manager Paul Earley during squad training ahead of their International Rules Series game against Australia

Ireland manager Paul Earley during squad training ahead of their International Rules Series game against Australia

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Ireland manager Paul Earley during squad training ahead of their International Rules Series game against Australia

Irish manager Paul Earley does not expect a return to the violence which threatened the International Rules series twice in the last decade when Ireland face Australia in a one-off Test in Perth tomorrow morning (9.45am Irish time).

Earley and Irish captain, Michael Murphy came face to face with their Australian counterparts, Alistair Clarkson and Joel Selwood at a press conference this morning, with both sides promising to be on their best behaviour.

Earley said that a fear of a return to the violent days of 2005 and 2006 had never been mentioned in the Irish camp.

"We've enough to keep us busy. There's going to be nothing (indiscipline) on our part and I'm sure it's going to be the same with Australian team," said Earley.

The home side have suffered four big defeats in the last four tests, heaping the pressure on Australia, who will have a much stronger team this time. 

Clarkson said that Australia's problems in 2011 and last year were due to the absence of so many top class players, a situation that does not apply this time.

"The depth of talent in our group wasn't there (last year),compared to a side like this year's.  We'd hope that we'll be a much more competitive unit in this series," he said.

Clarkson rejects the idea that an advantage accrues to his side because they are full-time professionals.

"All we look at in terms of professional v amateur is the amount of preparation. Both codes prepare in a pretty similar type of manner," he said.

Earley agrees, insisting that Ireland's preparations have been as good as possible.

"You would always like more time with the squad but we've worked well with what we had. Things really picked up this week," he said.

The AFL are expecting a sell-out crowd of more than 40,000 in Patersons Stadium for the first International Rules test in Perth since 2008.

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