Monday 23 September 2019

Galway and Kilkenny to bring close to full squads to Australia for Sydney clash

Joe Canning. Photo: Sportsfile
Joe Canning. Photo: Sportsfile
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Both Galway and Kilkenny expect to be close to full strength for their trip to Sydney where they will face off later this month.

The teams will play off for the Wild Geese trophy in the Spotless stadium in Sydney on November 11 as part of the Magners Sydney Irish festival with the likes of Padraic Mannion, Joe Canning and Conor Whelan set to travel as part of the Galway party while Cillian Buckley, Eoin Murphy and Walter Walsh head Down Under with the Kilkenny squad.

The Cats expect to be without their Ballyhale Shamrocks contingent who are preparing for their Leinster club SHC campaign while Padraic Mannion also confirmed that they will be without a number of their front line players with the Galway SHC semi-finals down for decision this Sunday. 

"Some lads have club commitments and a few have work commitments so the panel will be reduced a small bit," revealed Mannion at the launch of the Festival in the Australian Embassy in Dublin.

"There’s a lot of people taking unpaid leave thats just the nature of it. You don’t want to miss the chance to play a game in Australia but there are a few caught with work and college but the majority can go.

"It’s going to be great. The majority I don't think have been to Australia so even just to get to see it. I’ve heard it about 30 degrees so it will be nice and to get the chance to play in one of those stadiums too will be great."

The game will be shown on RTE television.

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