Donegal GAA football captain Michael Murphy has been named as team captain for the upcoming International Rules series tests against Australia in association.
The 2012 Donegal All-Ireland winning captain will lead Ireland’s campaign in both Cavan on October 19th and seven days later at Croke Park as the hosts look to retain the Cormac McAnallen Cup won in Australia two years ago.
Speaking of his appointment, Michael Murphy said: “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.”
Team manager Paul 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.”