Pete McGrath confirmed as Ireland Rules boss

Down legend Pete McGrath has been confirmed as Ireland's new International Rules manager.

The schoolteacher stepped down as Mourne County boss two seasons ago having led them to All-Ireland titles in 1991 and 1994.

McGrath is a hugely respected GAA figure and gets the job ahead of the likes of Mick O'Dwyer and Colm O'Rourke who had both been tipped to succeed John O'Keeffe.

McGrath has named a strong backroom staff with former Roscommon boss John Tobin, Cork hero Larry Tompkins and former Dublin skipper John O'Leary all on board. Former Down star Mickey Linden will act as Ireland's 'runner'.

They'll have a stiff task on their hands to achieve victory this year having lost the previous two series against Australia both at home and Down Under last October.

Ireland face Australia at Croke Park this year on October 17 and wrap up the series a week later on October 24.

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