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Rules chaos

IRELAND'S International Rules boss, Anthony Tohill, faces a mini-crisis after a nightmare sequence of club results yesterday.

Most of the focus is on Dublin goalkeeping hero Stephen Cluxton, who has been chosen as Tohill's Irish captain for the tour to Australia - but who may now have to choose between club and country.

Cluxton yesterday skippered Parnell's to a dramatic extra-time victory over St Sylvester's. The northside outfit now face an Evening Herald Dublin SFC quarter-final clash against Ballymun Kickhams next Saturday - the day that the Irish squad jets out to Australian for their two-game Test series.

Ireland selector Eoin 'Bomber' Liston today confirmed that there will be no logistical problem with Cluxton playing for Parnell's next weekend and then flying out afterwards - if they lose. But a Parnell's victory would throw everything up in the air.

The situation is complicated by the near-certainty that the Dublin county board won't (or even can't) delay their championship any further, having already received a three-week dispensation from the Leinster Council to enable the eventual Dublin winners compete in the provincial club championship.