Donegal's Michael Murphy named Ireland captain for Rules series

Paul Early and Michael Murphy

Donegal forward Michael Murphy will captain the Ireland side in the two International Rules Tests against Australia later this month.

Breffni Park in Cavan will host the opener on 19 October with the second game at Croke Park seven days later.

"It is a massive honour to be involved with the Irish team, never mind accepting the accolade to lead my country as team captain," said Murphy.

Ireland defeated Australia 2-0 in the last series two years ago.

Murphy captained the Donegal team to an All-Ireland SFC triumph last year.

"I have enjoyed immensely the experience of pulling on the Irish jersey in the past," added Murphy.

"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."

Ireland manager Paul Earley believes Murphy has all the attributes required to lead Ireland against the Aussies.

"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," said Earley.

"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."

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