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Eade to coach Australia against Ireland

By Chris Pike
24 June 2011 07:12PM EST

BELEAGUERED Bulldogs coach Rodney Eade has been appointed coach of the Australian International Rules side to play Ireland in two Tests in October and November.

The AFL revealed Australia would host Ireland in a two-match series for the Cormac McAnallen trophy, with the opening Test to be played at Etihad Stadium on October 28, with the second Test on November 4 at a venue to be confirmed.

Eade has been appointed as the new Australian coach for two-year term, as the AFL continues the plan of employing a current senior AFL coach.

"Rodney is the second-longest current serving coach in the game, behind only Mick Malthouse, and the appointment of Rodney is a clear message to our friends at the GAA that the AFL is determined to retain the Cormac McAnallen Cup again," AFL boss Andrew Demetriou said.

“Our contests with the Irish side have consistently seen the two teams separated only by a matter of points, with the McAnallen trophy regularly exchanging hands between ourselves and the GAA.

“Last year, a young side led by Adam Goodes under the tutelage of Mick Malthouse, performed exceptionally well to come with seven-point and three-point victories in the two Tests in Limerick and Dublin, and we will have to be at our best to defeat the Irish again later this year.

Eade takes over as Australian coach following Mick Malthouse and Kevin Sheedy.

The first Test played at Etihad Stadium will be the first International Rules match played at the venue.

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