Joe Kernan names international rules squad with no AFL players for the first time in a decade
Joe Kernan is doing nothing to boost the return of Irish emigrants.
The Ireland manager today announced his squad for the November 21st International Rules Test against Australia in Croke Park, but there was no place for any of Ireland's footballing Wild Geese.
For the first time since 2005 there are no AFL players in the Ireland squad, despite a record number of Irish currently plying their trade in Australia.
Kernan has Aussie Rules experience in the form of Longford's Colm Begley and Michael Quinn of Longford, who both had stints with AFL teams, but there is no place for the likes of Zach Tuohy, Ciarán Sheehan or Pearce Hanley.
Footballer of the year Jack McCaffrey is one of nine All-Stars selected by Kernan, who has selected players from 12 counties in total. Unsurprisingly All-Ireland champions Dublin lead the way with five, while there are some surprising omissions, such as former captain Michael Murphy.
“Unfortunately injuries and club commitments have ruled some players out, but I am happy that we have still managed to assemble a very strong squad and it was a difficult job to reduce numbers down to the squad and the standby list," said Kernan.
Niall Morgan (Tyrone), Colm Begley (Laois), Gary Brennan (Clare), Bernard Brogan (Dublin) CAPT, Eoin Cadogan (Cork), Mattie Donnelly (Tyrone), Eoin Doyle (Kildare), Peter Harte (Tyrone), Darren Hughes (Monaghan), Lee Keegan (Mayo) VICE CAPT, Paul Kerrigan (Cork), Jack McCaffrey (Dublin), Ciarán McDonald (Tipperary), Philip McMahon (Dublin), Conor McManus (Monaghan), Rory O'Carroll (Dublin), John O'Loughlin (Laois), Aidan O'Shea (Mayo), Michael Quinn (Longford), Donnchadh Walsh (Kerry), Diarmuid Connolly (Dublin), Paul Cribbin (Kildare), Paddy Mc Brearty (Donegal).
Paddy O'Rourke (Meath), Killian Clarke (Cavan), Ray Connellan (Westmeath), Kieran Hughes (Monaghan), Gearoid McKiernan (Cavan), Dessie Mone (Monaghan), Colm O'Neill (Cork), Enda Smith (Roscommon)