Michael Murphy has been named as captain of the Ireland International Rules team for their forthcoming test series in Australia.
Murphy successful captained the Irish side to a record-breaking victory over their Australian counterparts in last year’s one sided test series, and manager Paul Earley has again chosen Murphy to lead his side.
Murphy has enjoyed another outstanding season for Donegal, and helped Donegal to a third Ulster title in just four years.
He added another All-Star to his collection on Friday night, in recognition of his outstanding and consistent performances in 2014.
He was outstanding for Glenswilly in their Donegal SFC semi-final win over Naomh Conaill on Sunday, and helped his side to another county final.
Murphy will be joined on the team by Donegal defender Neil McGee who also enjoyed a brilliant season for Donegal.
McGee was pipped by Kerry’s James O’Donoghue for the overall Player of the year gong on Friday night, but added a third All-Star to his collection for his performances over the course of the year.
Ireland panel: Colm Begley (Laois), Colm Boyle (Mayo), Seán Cavanagh (Tyrone), Cathal Cregg (Roscommon), Mattie Donnelly (Tyrone), Finian Hanley (Galway), Pearse Hanley (Brisbane Lions), Darren Hughes (Monaghan), Lee Keegan (Mayo), James McCarthy (Dublin), Ciaran McDonald (Tipperary), Neil McGee (Donegal), Chrissy McKaigue (Derry), Kevin McKernan (Down), Kevin McLoughlin (Mayo), Conor McManus (Monaghan), David Moran (Kerry), Niall Morgan (Tyrone), Ross Munnelly (Laois), Michael Murphy (Donegal, captain), Colm O’Neill (Cork), Pádraig O’Neill (Kildare), Paddy O’Rourke (Meath), Aidan O’Shea (Mayo), Aidan Walsh (Cork, vice-captain).