Australia international rules football team

The Australia international rules football team is Australia's senior representative team in International rules football, a hybrid sport derived from Australian rules football and Gaelic football. The current team is solely made up of players from the Australian Football League.

This article concerns the men's team; for information on the Australian women's team, see Australia women's international rules football team.
UnionAustralian Football League
Head coachChris Scott (2017)
CaptainShaun Burgoyne (2017)
First colours
Biggest win
Australia 69 – 31 Ireland
(2006, 2nd Test)
Biggest defeat
Ireland 116 – 37 Australia
(2013, 2nd Test)

Although Australian rules football is played around the world at an amateur level, Australia is considered far too strong to compete against at senior level. Hence, selection in the Australian international rules team is the only opportunity that Australian rules footballers have to represent their country. Until 2004 the majority of the men's Australian squad was composed of members of the All-Australian team, as well as other outstanding performers from the season. In 2005 the decision was made to select players best suited to the conditions of the hybrid game, which resulted in a younger, smaller and quicker team being selected.[1] However this was reverted to the All-Australian model ahead of the 2014 series. For the 2013 Series only, the decision was made to select an all-Indigenous team, known as the Indigenous All Stars.[2]

Competing in the International Rules Series, the only team Australia plays against is the Ireland international rules football team. The series has been played intermittently since 1984. Australian under-age teams have been represented in the past, as well as a women's team in 2006. Australia last hosted the International Rules Series in 2017.



1 Travis Boak (Port Adelaide)
2 Paddy Ryder (Port Adelaide)
3 Michael Hibberd (Melbourne)
4 Jack Gunston (Hawthorn)
5 Kade Simpson (Carlton)
6 Zach Merrett (Essendon)
7 Nat Fyfe (Fremantle)
8 Brendon Goddard (Essendon) – Goalkeeper
9 Shaun Burgoyne (Hawthorn) - Captain
10 Scott Pendlebury (Collingwood)
11 Rory Sloane (Adelaide)
12 Robbie Tarrant (North Melbourne)
14 Joel Selwood (Geelong)
15 Dayne Zorko (Brisbane)
16 Ben Brown (North Melbourne)
17 Neville Jetta (Melbourne)
18 Eddie Betts (Adelaide)
20 Chad Wingard (Port Adelaide)
21 Luke Shuey (West Coast)
22 Shaun Higgins (North Melbourne)
29 Rory Laird (Adelaide)
35 Patrick Dangerfield (Geelong)
  • Toby Greene withdrew from the squad after breaking his toe and Gary Ablett withdrew for personal reasons.[3]
  • Selwood missed the first game due to an ankle injury,[4]
  • Pendlebury and Ryder only played the first game, Higgins was added to the team for the second game.[5]

2015 (Tour to Ireland)

Jim Stynes Medal: Harry Taylor


Jim Stynes Medal: Luke Hodge

2013 (Tour to Ireland)

Jim Stynes Medal: Ashley McGrath[6]


Jim Stynes Medal: James Kelly[7]

2010 (Tour to Ireland)

Jim Stynes Medal: Dane Swan[8]


Jim Stynes Medal: Kade Simpson[10]

*Max Rooke was named in the initial squad, but did not play due to illness. He was replaced in the squad for the second game by Josh Hunt.[11]

2006 (Tour to Ireland)


Jim Stynes Medal – Ryan O'Keefe

*Brendan Fevola was an emergency for the first game, but was sent home before the second game due to misconduct in that he was involved in a fight at a pub.[13]

**Lindsay Gilbee and Sam Fisher only played in the first game.

***Brett Peake and David Mundy only played in the second game.[14]


Jim Stynes Medal – Andrew McLeod

2004 (Tour to Ireland)

[15] [16]

Jim Stynes Medal – Nathan Brown


Coach:Garry Lyon

Jim Stynes Medal – Brent Harvey

2002 (Tour to Ireland)

Jim Stynes Medal: Andrew Kellaway


Jim Stynes Medal – Matthew Lloyd

2000 (Tour to Ireland)

Jim Stynes Medal – James Hird


Jim Stynes Medal – Jason Akermanis

1998 (Tour to Ireland)

Jim Stynes Medal – Stephen Silvagni

Australian honour roll

Honour roll

SeriesCaptain(s)Goalkeeper(s)Jim Stynes MedalCoachResult
1998Wayne CareyStephen SilvagniStephen SilvagniLeigh MatthewsIreland (128-118)
1999Nathan BuckleyStephen SilvagniJason AkermanisDermott BreretonIreland (122-114)
2000James HirdAndrew KellawayJames HirdDermott BreretonAustralia (123-98)
2001Michael VossSimon GoodwinMatthew LloydGarry LyonIreland (130-105)
2002Shane CrawfordAndrew KellawayAndrew KellawayGarry LyonAustralia (101-95)
2003Shane CrawfordGlen JakovichBrent HarveyGarry LyonAustralia (101-94)
2004James HirdSimon GoodwinNathan BrownGarry LyonIreland (132-82)
2005Andrew McLeod & Chris JohnsonDustin FletcherAndrew McLeodKevin SheedyAustralia (163-106)
2006Barry Hall & Dustin FletcherDustin FletcherRyan O'KeefeKevin SheedyAustralia (109-79)
2008Brent HarveyNathan Bock & Michael FirritoKade SimpsonMichael MalthouseIreland (102-97)
2010Adam GoodesDustin FletcherDane SwanMichael MalthouseAustralia (102-92)
2011Brad GreenMatt SucklingJames KellyRodney EadeIreland (130-65)
2013Daniel WellsAshley McGrathAshley McGrathMichael O'LoughlinIreland (173-72)
2014Joel SelwoodDustin FletcherLuke HodgeAlastair ClarksonAustralia (56-46)
2015Luke HodgeDustin FletcherHarry TaylorAlastair ClarksonIreland (56-52)
2017Shaun BurgoyneBrendan GoddardNat FyfeChris ScottAustralia (116-103)

Most Australian caps

Note: includes players' caps from 1984 – 2014.[17]

PlayerClubSeriesNumber of Caps
Brent HarveyNorth Melbourne2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2008, 201410
Terry DaniherEssendon1984, 1986, 19909
Steve MalaxosClaremont/West Coast1984, 1987, 19909
Craig BradleyCarlton2000, 2001, 20029
Gary PertCollingwood1984, 1986, 19878
Tony McGuinnessFootscray1986, 1987, 19908
Rohan SmithFootscray1998, 1999, 2000, 20038
Shane CrawfordHawthorn2000, 2001, 20028
Nathan BrownWestern Bulldogs/Richmond2000, 2002, 2003, 20047


The 1984–1990 Australian teams wore a traditional Australian rules sleeveless guernsey in plain gold. The teams of 1998–2011 wore a predominantly navy blue Gaelic football style guernsey, with either a green or gold v or green and gold sash. The Indigenous All Stars team which represented Australia in 2013 wore a unique Indigenous-styled guernsey. Ahead of the 2014 test match, the Australian guernsey was significantly altered, in favour of a mix of green and gold, with the traditional v-shape.[18]

See also


  1. AFL typecasts its International Rules team
  2. AFL: Australia to field all-Indigenous team for International Rules Series against Ireland
  3. "Ablett out of International Rules series". Retrieved 12 November 2017.
  4. "Fyfe stars as Aussies' IRS heat melts Irish -". Retrieved 12 November 2017.
  5. "Pendlebury, Ryder to miss Perth Rules Test". SBS News. AAP. 15 November 2017. Retrieved 18 November 2017.
  6. Ash McGrath with Jim Stynes Medal (via Twitter)
  7. Kelly Aussie's best
  8. AAP (31 October 2010). "Australia claim McAnallen Cup". Retrieved 1 July 2013.
  9. Crowley, Hayden, Selwood in Rules squad; 8 October 2008
  10. AAP (31 October 2008). "Ireland win match and Rules series". The Age. Archived from the original on 3 November 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-17.
  11. Josh Hunt joins Aussie squad; 28 October 2008
  12. Australian Panel 2006 Archived 27 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  13. Nick Higginbottom, Mark Stevens and Sam Edmund; AFL demands Fevola apology; 2 November 2006
  14. Aussies thump Ireland to regain trophy; RTÉ; 5 November 2006
  15. "Irish terriers tear through Australia" 26 October 2004. URL accessed 7 September 2006
  16. "Irish Lyon gives tour squad seal of approval Archived 27 December 2004 at the Wayback Machine" 5 October 2004. URL accessed 7 September 2006
  17. Lovett, Michael, ed. (2010). AFL Record Season Guide 2010. p. 898. ISBN 978-0-9806274-5-9.
  18. 2014 Australia International Rules jumper decided
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