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Malthouse named coach for Irish series

30/06/2008 03:29:52 PM Comments (0)

Collingwood coach Mick Malthouse has been appointed Australian coach in this year's international rules series against Ireland.

Australia will play two matches against Ireland, at Subiaco Oval on either October 24 or 25 and at the MCG on October 31.

Malthouse said he was humbled and indebted to the league by the appointment, and promised that he would reinforce to his players the need for sportsmanship and clean, fair matches.

The hybrid concept was suspended last year following the on-field violence which marred the 2005 and 2006 series.

The AFL has also moved to further prevent on-field violence by warning that any suspensions incurred in the international rules series would be served in the following home and away season.

Malthouse was keen for his side to play the series in the right spirit.

"We will play to the rules, we want a pleasant taste to this game," he said.

"I am a great believer in sportsmanship, particularly when young men get the opportunity to represent their country."

Australia will tour Ireland next year to play two matches, but the AFL and the Gaelic Athletic Association hope to stage the series every two years after 2009.

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