Brogan to captain Ireland

by Gazette Reporter
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ST OLIVER Plunkett’s/Eoghan Ruadh and Dublin star Bernard Brogan added to his ever-growing list of achievements last week when he was announced as captain of the Ireland International Rules side.
Ireland will face Australia in the one-off fixture in this year’s mixed rules encounter at Croke Park on Saturday, November 21, a day which marks the 95th anniversary of Bloody Sunday.
Reacting to his appointment as Ireland captain, Brogan said: “It is both an honour and a privilege to not only represent Ireland, but to captain the national team too. As Gaelic footballers, opportunities to play for Ireland and pit our skills against athletes from other nations and codes are few and far between and next month we will test ourselves against arguably the strongest ever Australian team to come here.
“Not only do they include the best of the AFL in terms of talent but they have experience of this code in their ranks, not least with their management team whose exploits both in their domestic game and indeed in this code, are proven. It’s a challenge we will relish and I look forward to working with Joe and his selectors and all of the lads on the panel to do our best to keep the Cormac McAnallen Cup in Ireland.”
Manager of this year’s International Rules side, former Armagh player and manager Joe Kernan, also spoke after Brogan was announced as captain of the national side.
He said: “I wish Bernard well in what is a coveted role.
“He is following in the footsteps of many great footballers in accepting the role and it is something he is sure to embrace.
“He has been a top footballer in our game for many years – something borne out by the many accolades he has earned – and he has also shown his prowess in this game.
“In addition to helping to generate a vital team spirit amongst our players, he will also lead by example where it matters most – on the field of play.”
Brogan has previously played twice for Ireland in International Rules, in the 2010 series. The 2015 All-Star nominee was the top scorer in the first game defeat in Limerick with nine points and followed it up with five in the reverse fixture in Croke Park.
Donegal’s Michael Murphy had led the Irish side the last two years, suffering mixed fortunes with a narrow defeat in Perth last year and a win in 2013 on home soil.
A full squad announcement is expected in early November and you would expect at least a couple more of Brogan’s All-Ireland winning teammates to join him on the panel.

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