David Moran has no fears for Ireland in the physicality stakes ahead of their International Rules test against a beefed-up Australian side.
Much is being made of the size and power of the hosts as they aim to make the most of a rule change, which will force both goalkeepers to put their kick-outs past the 45 metre line. Moran will be heavily involved in that landing area but he has no concerns about Ireland being disadvantaged.
Asked if he is prepared for a physical Australian approach, he responded: “We’re not small guys either. Our primary objective is to try to win the test, if it kicks off, it kicks off. I don’t know what to say to that.”
Australia have been known to try and intimidate Ireland, especially after defeats as they have suffered in the last two series.
After a smaller indigenous side represented Australia last year, Moran and his colleagues are under no illusions about the physical presence their opponents possess this time around.
“We’re hoping that forewarned is forearmed. I suppose intensity training has to be upped.”
For Moran, this marks a return to Australia after a trial with St Kilda in 2009. Both he and Tommy Walsh arrived at the Melbourne club but only Walsh was offered a contract. “I didn’t play that much football over there, it was just testing, runs and different distances and stuff. Maybe they thought I was a bit smaller because they kind of said that I was a couple of inches smaller and that you were more of a runner so maybe that had an impact. When I went over I was competing with Tommy because we were the same height and stuff and they had Tommy signed before we went out.”
Walsh is likely to link up with his pal Moran in Melbourne later this week but the All Star doesn’t regret missing out on the life of a professional sportsman. “I’d be talking to Tommy every day or every second day and it’s not always as good as it cracked up to be. It’s a very tough environment. I’m happy with my own career.”
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