Tohill confirms Ireland squad for first Test

Ireland manager Anthony Tohill has confirmed his squad for Saturday's opening International Rules Test against Australia at Limerick's Gaelic Grounds.

Ireland manager Anthony Tohill has confirmed his squad for Saturday's opening International Rules Test against Australia at Limerick's Gaelic Grounds.

Tohill and his selectors have been forced to plan without Cork All-Star Michael Shields. The defender is due to play for St Finbarr's in the Cork SFC final this weekend.

Shields and his club colleagues will face former All-Ireland club champions Nemo Rangers in Sunday's decider, less than 24-hours after the opening game in the 2010 International Rules Series.

The unavailability of Shields means that Kildare's Emmet Bolton has been included in the 23-man matchday squad. There is also a call-up from the standby panel for Niall McNamee.

The Offaly forward has been drafted into the squad after Down ace Benny Coulter failed to recover in time from a hamstring injury.

Coulter did some individual training during the Ireland squad training session last Thursday at Croke Park, but has failed to recover sufficiently.

It will be a busy seven days for McNamee. The former UCD student is set to line out for his club Rhode in the Leinster Club Senior Football Championship, the day after Saturday week's second Test at Croke Park.

IRELAND Squad (first Test v Australia):

Captain: Steven McDonnell (Armagh)

Vice-captain: Finian Hanley (Galway)

Colm Begley (Laois)

Bernard Brogan (Dublin)

Graham Canty (Cork)

Seán Cavanagh (Tyrone)

Martin Clarke (Down)

Stephen Cluxton (Dublin)

Brendan Donaghy (Armagh)

Leighton Glynn (Wicklow)

Daniel Goulding (Cork)

James Kavanagh (Kildare)

Paddy Keenan (Louth)

Tadhg Kennelly (Kerry)

Seán McDermott (Roscommon)

Ciarán McKeever (Armagh)

Kevin McKernan (Down)

Brendan Murphy (Carlow)

Michael Murphy (Donegal)

Kevin Reilly (Meath)

Tommy Walsh (Kerry)

Emmet Bolton (Kildare)

Niall McNamee (Offaly)

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