Its a fixture that was in doubt, but the International Rules / Compromise Rules match between Ireland and Australia will happen and Donegal’s Michael Murphy will captain the Irish side.
The 2012 Donegal All-Ireland winning captain will lead Ireland’s campaign in both Cavan on October 19 and seven days later at Croke Park as the hosts look to retain the Cormac McAnallen Cup won in Australia two years ago.
Paul Earley was in Cavan today to make the announcement as part of efforts to garner local support for the visit of the Australian team in less than three weeks time.
The Irish team manager also presented Ja Fallon as his new selector as training and preparation is stepped up in the coming weeks.
Earley said: “I am delighted to confirm that Michael will serve as Irish captain for our two games against Australia in this year’s Irish Daily Mail international Rules Series and we have every confidence that he will bring his renowned leadership skills to bear on the Irish team in much the same way that he has on the Donegal set up in recent years.
“It is fitting that an Ulster man will lead the Irish challenge as the series begins in that province and in addition to his very obvious leadership qualities we are also looking forward to seeing him leading by example in his attacking play.”
Michael said: “It is a massive honour to be involved with the Irish team, never mind accepting the accolade to lead my country as team captain.
“I have enjoyed immensely the experience of pulling on the Irish jersey in the past and I am especially looking forward to playing with the best footballers from our game against the visiting Australian team over the course of the two upcoming tests.”
Speaking on behalf of series and team sponsors The Irish Daily Mail, Sinead Lambe, Sponsorship and Marketing manager of Associated Newspapers Ireland said: “We are delighted Michael Murphy has accepted the captaincy of the Irish team for the series. He is not only an outstanding footballer but has in the past demonstrated his exceptional leadership skills. We are really looking forward to the series commencing in Cavan and look forward to a weekend of great football and fun. ”
Tickets for both games are now available through gaa.ie/tickets, selected SuperValu and Centra stores or usual outlets.