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Arrogant Aussie Rules Player Seriously Dismissive Of GAA Players' Fitness

Arrogant Aussie Rules Player Seriously Dismissive Of GAA Players' Fitness
By PJ Browne

When it comes down to it, believes Chad Wingard, the main difference between the Irish and Australian players in their two-game International Rules series will be fitness.

Speaking to Australian broadcaster Channel Seven, Wingard - who plays for Port Adelaide - provided some real dressing room wall material for Joe Kernan's side.

We're professional athletes, they're amateurs.

This is our job full-time, so we've been hitting the gym. We're obviously a lot fitter than they are, so we've got to use that advantage.

If it's physicality, we've got a few big boys to try and push them around and try and win. Whatever advantage we get, and what we think we have, we're going to use.

Wingard has played International Rules once before when Australia won a game in Perth in 2014. He was due to line out again when Australia came to Ireland two years ago but had to pull out due to injury.

Ireland manager Kernan last week named his Ireland squad for the trip Down Under. The 23-man panel - which features no players from All-Ireland champions Dublin - will be captained by Aidan O'Shea.

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The first test takes place in Adelaide on November 12th with the second game being played six days later in Perth.

See Also: The Irish International Rules Squad Has Been Named

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