Tyrone's Cavanagh named Ireland captain for Rules matches

Tyrone's Cavanagh named Ireland captain for Rules matches

Tyrone's Sean Cavanagh has been named captain of the Ireland team to play Australia in a two-test series Down Under this October.

Cork’s Graham Canty has been confirmed as vice captain of the squad.

Cavanagh, a member of the Moy club in Co Tyrone will now represent his country in his fourth Test Series, having been part of the Ireland Team that hosted Australia in 2006 and 2004 as well as being a key part of Pete McGrath’s side that played in Perth and Melbourne in 2005.

Bantry Blues’ Graham Canty toured Australia in 2005, 2003 and 2001 and has already played on 10 occasions for his country.

"Sean Cavanagh has been in the form of his life this year," said Ireland manager Sean Boylan.

"He was Man of the Match in the All Ireland final and was one of the key players in Tyrone’s march to glory this year. He is an excellent communicator and leads by example on the field. He is also ideally suited to the International game and it is a tremendous boost to have him on board for the trip Down Under."

Of Canty, Boylan said: "Graham is a natural leader. You only have to think of the way he came up the field to score the winning goal for Cork in the closing moments of their Munster Championship game with Limerick this year when they looked down and out.

"He has starred for Ireland in the past and is one of the best defenders in Gaelic football at the moment."

The full Ireland squad to tour Australia will be announced at a Press Briefing in Croke Park on Tuesday, October 7 at 10.30am.

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