Glynn se­lected for In­ter­na­tional Rules team

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WICK­LOW’S dual star Leighton Glynn has his tremendous foot­ball tal­ent recog­nised yet again by be­ing cho­sen to play for Ire­land in the In­ter­na­tional Rules test games in Aus­tralia. Glynn, who plays hurl­ing with Glenealy and foot­ball with Rath­new, has been one of the out­stand­ing play­ers for the county in both codes in re­cent years.

Last year he was a sur­prise omis­sion from the All-star team and it is a mea­sure of his huge tal­ent that he has caught the eye of Ire­land man­ager Seán Boylan in a year that he is just com­ing back from a se­ri­ous groin in­jury.

Tw e n t y - s i x - y e a r- o l d Leighton will fly out to Aus­tralia with the 27 man Ire­land squad at the week­end and they will be in­volved in two tests against the Aussies in Perth and Mel­bourne over the fol­low­ing two week­ends.

A ver­sa­tile player, who has played his foot­ball in the half-back and half-for­ward lines for both club and county, Leighton Glynn will pro­vide Seán Boylan with a num­ber of op­tions in mak­ing his team selections.

Leighton is only the third Wick­low man to be so hon­oured with se­lec­tion on the Ire­land squad - the pre­vi­ous nom­i­nees were Kevin O’Brien (Balt­in­glass) and Pat O’Byrne (Aughrim) - and Mr. Jimmy Dunne de­scribed it as a proud oc­ca­sion for both his club and county.

Mr. Hugh Kenny is Seán Boylan’s as­sis­tant man­ager and one of the team se­lec­tors for the test se­ries and, at the county fi­nal in Aughrim on Sun­day, he and Leighton Glynn were pre­sented with plaque to achieve­ments.

In 2002 Hugh Kenny man­aged the Ire­land’s stu­dents squad which brought their first suc­cess in Aus­tralia.

Leighton, the win­ner of player of the month awards in each of the last two years, was bowled over when he got the call from Seán Boylan to tell him he was in the

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their Ire­land squad.

‘It is a dream come true to get into this Ir­ish team be­cause I know what selections means to ev­ery player. Get­ting se­lected for Ire­land makes all the ef­fort worth­while’ he said.

‘I’m aware that the games against Aus­tralia are go­ing to be a mas­sive chal­lenge’ Leighton added.

County Chair­man An­drew O'Brien presents plaques to Leighton Glynn and Hugh Kenny to mark their in­volve­ment with the Ir­ish In­ter­na­tional Rules team. Also in photo is Ja­son Kenny.

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