Kevin McKernan confident of International Rules success

Down player Kevin McKernan is confident that Ireland can beat Australia in the forthcoming International Rules series.

The Aussies won last year's series in Ireland, with this year's Tests being played in Melbourne on 28 October and on the Gold Coast on 4 November.

"Last year we only played in parts but there were spells in the game at Croke Park where we showed Australia up.

"When we resorted to our fast moving gaelic football skills they couldn't really handle it," said McKernan.

"We will take that with us and we can definitely beat them."

McKernan believes the nature of the cross-code contest suits his playing style.

"I enjoyed it last year - there was tough tackling and plenty of running.

"Training has been going well over the last 10 weeks and it is nice that Ulster is well represented.

"From a Down point of view, Martin Clarke is missing this time and Benny Coulter is out, but we've still got Danny Hughes there and hopefully I'll get picked as well."

The Irish squad is scheduled to leave for Australia on Saturday.