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AFL 2014 Media - Virgin Australia 2014 AFL All Australian Dinner

Hayden Ballantyne earned his first Virgin All-Australian nomination in 2014.

Fremantle forward Hayden Ballantyne has won a late call-up to the 22-man Virgin Australia International Rules squad to contest the one-off Test against Ireland, to be played at Croke Park in Dublin on Saturday 21 November.

Mundy and Lyon heading to Ireland

The AFL said on Monday that Ballantyne will replace Port Adelaide’s Chad Wingard, who has a knee complaint and is being rested ahead of his club’s pre-season campaign.

Ballantyne was an All Australian in 2014 and was confirmed as Wingard’s replacement after a phone hook-up involving the selection panel.

Australia regained the Cormac Macanallen Trophy with victory in last November's Test on home soil in Perth and has again named a squad comprised entirely of All Australian players, under the direction of leading coaches Alastair Clarkson, Ross Lyon and Chris Scott.

The team will initially travel to New York in the second week of November for a training camp, including a practice match against a US representative GAA team, before arriving in Dublin in the week of the 21 November match. 

The 2015 Virgin Australia International Rules squad is: Hayden Ballantyne (Fremantle), Eddie Betts (Adelaide Crows), Grant Birchall (Hawthorn), Luke Bruest (Hawthorn), Patrick Dangerfield (Geelong Cats), Dustin Fletcher (Essendon), Andrew Gaff (West Coast), Brendon Goddard (Essendon), Robbie Gray (Port Adelaide), Dyson Heppell (Essendon), Luke Hodge (Hawthorn), Sam Mitchell (Hawthorn), Leigh Montagna (St Kilda), David Mundy (Fremantle), Robert Murphy (Western Bulldogs), Nick Riewoldt (St Kilda), Tom Rockliff (Brisbane Lions), Jarryd Roughead (Hawthorn), Nick Smith (Sydney Swans), Jake Stringer (Western Bulldogs), Harry Taylor (Geelong Cats), Easton Wood (Western Bulldogs).

The Ireland v Australia International Rules Test will be telecast around Australia by the Seven Network.