Star Ireland centre Robbie Henshaw has AFL ties to Melbourne that started on a rugby pitch in his home town of Athlone on the banks of the River Shannon a few years ago.
Henshaw will head to Melbourne on June 16 for the second Test of the three-match series against the Wallabies and will have plenty of support in the AAMI Park stands.
One of the 24-year-old's childhood friends is St Kilda recruit Ray Connellan, who was a star Gaelic footballer now trying to make inroads into the AFL.
The pair grew up playing both rugby and Gaelic football before taking different career paths that have taken them across the world.
But Henshaw can take a little credit should Connellan make his AFL debut.
Connellan broke his leg in his last Gaelic game in 2016 and enlisted the help of his mate during his recovery to help him come to grips with the oval ball - albeit a slightly different shape to the Sherrin - ahead of his arrival in Australia.
"We went down to our local rugby club in Athlone, Buccaneers, and went kicking," Connellan told AAP.
"It was nothing too serious but to familiarise myself with the ball and do a few sessions.
"He definitely helped me with where you put your hands on the ball when you're kicking."
Connellan will use the St Kilda bye to head to Sydney to watch the third and final Test before the pair spend a week together post-tour in Melbourne.
Rated for his explosive pace, Connellan played in Saints' AFLX line-up but has since had to bide his time in their VFL feeder club Sandringham, who had a big win over Werribee last Sunday.
"After AFLX I probably dipped out of form for four or five weeks but in the last month I've got to playing my best football so hopefully I'm not a million miles away from a debut," Connellan said.
The Irishman had a kick around with Wallabies back and known superboot Reece Hodge and reckoned the Rebels ace could make it in whatever code he chose.
"He's definitely got the physique for Gaelic football and would probably have us covered for physicality," he said.