Joyce to captain International Rules squad

Padraig Joyce will captain a provisional panel of 43 players confirmed by Ireland manager Pete McGrath for October's Coca-Cola International Rules Series in Australia.

A provisional panel of 43 players has been confirmed by Ireland manager Pete McGrath for October's Coca-Cola International Rules Series in Australia.

From the panel, which sees fourteen counties represented, ex-Down boss McGrath will select his squad for the first Test at Perth's Subiacco Oval (October 21), and the second Test in the Telstra Dome, Melbourne, seven days later.

Galway forward Joyce has again been named as Irish captain after last year's 2-0 series win, which saw the men in green claim the Cormac McAnallen Cup.

All-Ireland champions Kerry boast the biggest representation on the panel with 10 players, including Sydney Swans' half-back Tadhg Kennelly.

Cork hurling brothers-turned Aussie Rules footballers, Setanta Ó hAilpín and Aisake Ó hAilpín, who are tied to the Carlton Blues, have not been selected, although their elder brother and current Cork captain Sean Óg Ó hAilpín has been.

The 43-man Ireland panel, in full, is:

Armagh (5) - Ronan Clarke, Paul Hearty, Steven McDonnell, Paul McGrane, Andy Mallon

Carlow (1) - Thomas Walsh

Cork (3) - Graham Canty, Anthony Lynch, Sean Óg Ó hAilpín

Derry (2) - Paddy Bradley, Sean Martin Lockhart

Down (2) - Brendan Coulter, Michael McVeigh

Dublin (4) - Alan Brogan, Bryan Cullen, Conal Keaney, Ciaran Whelan

Galway (2) - Padraig Joyce, Michael Meehan

Kerry (10) - Eoin Brosnan, Colm Cooper, Paul Galvin, Tadhg Kennelly (Sydney Swans), William Kirby, Michael McCarthy, Diarmuid Murphy, Marc O Se, Tomás Ó Sé, Declan O'Sullivan

Laois (2) - Tom Kelly, Ross Munnelly

Mayo (2) - David Heaney, Ciaran McDonald

Offaly (1) - Ciaran McManus

Tyrone (7) - Sean Cavanagh, Brian Dooher, Philip Jordan, Brian McGuigan, Ryan McMenamin, Eoin Mulligan, Stephen O’Neill

Westmeath (1) - Dessie Dolan

Wexford (1) - Mattie Forde

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