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'3 or 4' members of Ireland team affected by travelling bug in Adelaide

Team physio Enda McGinley says everyone will be available for Sunday’s first test.

Conor McManus and Paul Murphy arriving in Adelaide yesterday.
Conor McManus and Paul Murphy arriving in Adelaide yesterday.
Image: Tommy Dickson/INPHO

Updated at 17:00

‘THREE OR FOUR’ members of the Ireland International Rules side in Australia have been taken unwell due to a travelling bug picked up on the journey Down Under.

Team physio Enda McGinley told BBC Northern Ireland he was suffering from the illness, along with a few players.

“Three or four others along with myself have been affected by one of those problems that is associated with long-haul flights,” said McGinley.

“Around 48, 72 hours after we arrived some of us starting coming down with a bug.

“All the steps are being taken to limit its spread within the camp, because it’s obviously far from ideal with the Test match coming up this Sunday.

“Players that are affected have been given single rooms and everybody has individual water bottles, so all the steps that can be taken, are being taken.”

Former Tyrone midfielder McGinley has informed The42 that the players will be available for Sunday’s first test in Adelaide.

Sean Powter and Paul Murphy The rest of the squad enjoyed a visit to visit Glenelg Beach

Ireland have no injury concerns ahead of the weekend’s opener.

“We are fairly confident that nobody will be having to sit out at this stage,” he added.

“Hopefully we will get over it and limit its spread as it’s one of those things that can affect touring parties.

“This year’s squad is quite limited, we’ve only taken 23 players which isn’t a lot so we can’t afford to be missing anybody, especially given the conditions.”

Ireland have never lost an International Rules match in Adelaide, securing victories there in 1986, 1999 and 2001.

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