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Tohill backs International Rules

Ireland manager Anthony Tohill believes the International Rules series has a bright future.

A disappointing opening Test in Limerick was followed by a poor first half at Croke Park, but the game did burst into spectacular action in the closing stages as an Irish rally fell just short.

"I think the series is on a solid footing and the most important thing was that it was played in a sporting manner. It has a good future," said Tohill.

And he praised the courage of his players, who finished strongly in both Tests.

"They were gone out of both games and they came back to show great heart. They showed what an honour it is for them to play for Ireland and to wear the jersey."