Tony Cochrane admits that the side is in desperate need of senior experienced players – and says now is not the time for AFL expansion.
Next month, Gaelic footballers from Ireland will travel to face the best of the AFL in the 20th iteration of the International Rules Series.
The 17-man Australian team was announced this morning. They will be led by Geelong coach Chris Scott.
The series will be played as a two-test format for the first time since 2013. The first match will be played at the Adelaide Oval on November 12, and the second will be hosted at Domain stadium in Perth on November 18.
Australia and Ireland began facing off in International Rules football in 1984. The format has undergone a few changes over the years.
From 1984-1990 it was played as a three-test series. After a brief hiatus, it was revived as a two-test series in 1998 and remained in that format until 2013.
2014 and 2015 saw the series played as a one-off test.
Ireland captured the Cormac McAnallen trophy in 2015 with a win in Dublin. The all-time series stands at 10-9 in favour of Ireland.
The match will also be the last AFL event held at Domain Stadium, with the new Perth Stadium scheduled for completion in 2018.
Gary Ablett (Gold Coast)
Eddie Betts (Adelaide)
Travis Boak (Port Adelaide)
Shaun Burgoyne (Hawthorn)
Patrick Dangerfield (Geelong)
Nathan Fyfe (Fremantle)
Brendon Goddard (Essendon)
Toby Greene (Greater Western Sydney)
Michael Hibberd (Melbourne)
Rory Laird (Adelaide)
Zac Merrett (Essendon)
Scott Pendlebury (Collingwood)
Paddy Ryder (Port Adelaide)
Joel Selwood (Geelong)
Rory Sloane (Adelaide)
Chad Wingard (Port Adelaide)
Dayne Zorko (Brisbane Lions)