Ex-DCU student Michael Murphy has been selected as captain of the Ireland side for this year’s International Rules series. The 24 year-old was the second person to ever captain Donegal to All-Ireland victory last year and, having been knocked out of this year’s Championship at the beginning of August, Murphy was seen as the ideal candidate to lead the team against the Australians.
The Glenswilly man won the 2012 Sigerson Cup with DCU and was instrumental in the side’s path to the semi-final in the 2013 competition.
Murphy’s maiden voyage as captain of the side will be in his home province of Ulster as the first test takes place in Cavan’s Kingspan Breffni Park on Saturday week before the decider at Croke Park seven days later.
The 2011 series was won by Ireland in comfortable fashion with DCU graduate Stephen Cluxton captaining the side. However, Cluxton has ruled himself out on this occasion along with Bernard Brogan, another former DCU student, who has also failed to make the commitment after a lengthy inter-county campaign.
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