Ireland rules squad gathers in Dunboyne

Sean Boylan's Ireland squad is gathering in the manager's native Dunboyne today, ahead of Sunday's International Rules second Test against Australia.

Sean Boylan's Ireland squad is gathering in the manager's native Dunboyne today, ahead of Sunday's International Rules second Test against Australia.

The Irish have an aggregate lead of eight points for the second game, thanks to last weekend's 48-40 win in Salthill.

Boylan has no injury worries to report, and may retain the same 22-man panel that he selected for the first Test. His series captain, Armagh's Kieran McGeeney played in a club championship game for Dublin side Na Fianna on Monday night and came through it unscathed.

Dublin's Shane Ryan, Cork midfielder Nicholas Murphy, who seems ideally suited to the game, and Donegal man Karl Lacey - the trio who were left out for the game in Galway - should come back into the running.

Boylan, who is set to name his team tomorrow, also has three hugely talented players on standby - Kerry's All-Ireland-winning midfielder Darragh O'Se, Westmeath captain Dessie Dolan and Tyrone ace Stephen O'Neill.

Although it remains to be seen if Meath forward Graham Geraghty will be available for the second Test - he was cited for scuffling with Lindsay Gilbee during the third quarter of last weekend's game.

Boylan is understandably angry that the citing, issued by AFL Development Officer Kevin Sheehan, an Australian member of the International Rules Control Committee, came a full 72 hours after the first Test, when there is supposedly a 48-hour cap on citings.

Geraghty's case is due to be heard today by AFL and GAA chiefs.

The second Test will be an historic occasion at Croke Park as the GAA have confirmed that all 82,000 tickets have been sold for the clash.

Therefore, Sunday will not only see the highest ever attendance at an International Rules match but also the attendance record for an International fixture - in any sport in Ireland - will be broken.

Boylan's players will train at both Westmanstown and Croke Park in the lead-up to Sunday's decider.

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