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Two more young GAA stars headed to Aussie Rules

Colin O’Riordan Tipp and Darragh Joyce of Kilkenny are off to Melbourne in October.

Colin O'Riordan is off to Australia.
Colin O'Riordan is off to Australia.
Image: James Crombie/INPHO

TWO MORE PROMISING young GAA stars are set to travel to Australia in an attempt to forge an Aussie Rules career.

Tipperary’s Colin O’Riordan — who helped his county to an All-Ireland U21 final this year — will travel to Melbourne alongside Kilkenny’s Darragh Joyce in October to take part in the Australian Football League (AFL) Draft Combine.

Taking place over four days, the combine will be monitored by all 18 AFL Premiership clubs hoping to unearth the next young Irish prospect.

19-year old O’Riordan — who is a dual All-Ireland minor winner — told the Irish Independent this morning that it was a “once in a lifetime opportunity” he just couldn’t pass up.

O’Riordan has already taken part in trials under the guidance of Tadhg Kennelly and hopes to follow in the footsteps of Tyrone’s Conor McKenna who took part in last year’s combine and has already made his debut for Essendon.

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