Junior Rules panel named

The Ireland panel for the forthcoming Junior International Rules tour of Australia has been announced, with 15 counties represented.

The Ireland panel for the forthcoming Junior International Rules tour of Australia has been announced, with 15 counties represented.

Cavan and Donegal lead the way with both counties having three players on the 24-man panel.

The team will be captained by Cavan’s Ray Cullivan, a son of the former Cavan player of the same name, while Shane O’Rourke (son of former Meath player Colm) and Paddy Andrews, brother of Dublin star Peadar, are also amongst those named.

The full panel is: Ray Cullivan, Paddy Brady, Barry Watters (all Cavan), Gary Brennan (Clare), Colm O’Driscoll (Cork), Jimmy O’Leary (Kerry), Darragh Gallagher, Michael Murphy, Eoin Wade (all Donegal), Paddy Andrews, Kevin Nolan (both Dublin), Max Bradley, John Brown (both Kildare), Richard Ryan, Simon Shortall (both Laois), Martin Brady, Denis McGoldrick (both Longford), Brian Gibbons, Pierce Hanley (both Mayo), Shane O'Rourke (Meath), Neil McAdam (Monaghan), William Mulhall (Offaly), Stephen Henry (Sligo) and Tony Dunne (Tipperary).

The Ireland manager is Niall Moyna (Monaghan) and he will be joined by selectors Billy McNicholas (Mayo), John McElroy (Fermanagh), Noel Mooney (Kildare) and John Landers (Limerick).

The team will play three games against their Antipodean hosts. The first Test will take place at the MCG in Melbourne on Thursday, April 13. The second Test is down for decision at the Football Park in Adelaide on Easter Sunday (April 16) and the third and final Test will be played the following Wednesday in Freemantle Oval, Perth (April 19).

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