Geelong coach Chris Scott has been given the honour to lead Australia against Ireland later this year in the International Rules Series.
The two-Test Series will take place in October/November in Australia, with an announcement to be made on exact dates and venues later next month.
Scott will be assisted by brother and North Melbourne coach Brad Scott and Fremantle coach Ross Lyon, as they try to avenge Australia’s 2015 loss to the Irish at Croke Park.
Interim football operations manager Andrew Dillon was excited that Scott and his assistants took on the challenge to coach the international side.
“The Australian team for the Virgin Australia IRS matches will again be comprised only of players who have been nominated as an All Australian at some point during their careers, and the AFL was seeking an All Australian coach, which is one of our premiership coaches, to head the panel to lead our elite players,” Dillon said.
Scott has the best winning record as a coach who has won over 100 games, with a 74.15% winning percentage from 147 games.
The former Brisbane premiership player has taken the Cats to three preliminary finals and won the flag with Geelong in his first season, and was excited to represent Australia once again.
“Having experienced this series as both a player and as a member of the coaching staff, I know first-hand how much this means to the people involved,” Scott said.
“To be able to represent Australia and to grow the appeal of the game with the best players coming together, is a tremendous honour.”