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Dustin Fletcher set for Irish farewell tour after fitness test

Dustin Fletcher of Australia in action during the 2014 International Rules match between Australia and Ireland at Patersons Stadium, Perth on November 22, 2014. (Photo: Will Russell/AFL Media)
Dustin Fletcher looks set to represent Australia one last time in the 2015 International Rules series

THE CAREER of Essendon champion Dustin Fletcher has one final chapter to play out with the 400-gamer set to represent Australia in November's International Rules Series.

It is understood Fletcher was put through his paces in a secret training session two weeks ago by Australian officials including Alastair Clarkson, in the midst of Hawthorn's quest for a fourth premiership under his reign.

Despite not adding to his 400-game tally after a groin injury suffered in round nine, Fletcher is understood to be fit to represent the team for the one-off Test against Ireland at Dublin's Croke Park in November.

Clarkson was joined by Hawks fitness lieutenant Andrew Russell and selector Gerard Healy in the private session at a local park, just a day out from the Hawks' do-or-die semi-final against Adelaide. 

Fletcher was asked to prove his fitness for the tour, which will also include a week's stopover in New York.

After representing Australia last year as goalkeeper, the 40-year-old is set to play in his fifth series between the sticks.

Fletcher did not return phone calls on Tuesday when contacted for comment.