West Coast forward Josh Hill says he jumped at the chance to represent Australia in the International Rules series and is keen to be part of history when the indigenous team takes on Ireland tomorrow morning, WA time.
A big group of West Australians are in the squad - fellow Eagle Sharrod Wellingham, superstar Sydney recruit Lance Franklin, captain Daniel Wells, Chris Yarran, Lewis Jetta, Ashley McGrath and Leroy Jetta.
Hill said being able to represent the AFL, Aboriginal people and Australia was too big an opportunity to pass up.
"As soon as I heard about it I put my hand up to say I wanted to come over," he said. "It will be a proud moment for me and all the boys and our families back home to be part of it.
"Being the first Aboriginal team from the AFL, it'll be a big build-up. It's something we'll remember for a long time and it's a part of history for us all.
"A lot of the boys get along pretty well. Even after games when we play each other, we always have a chat for just a few minutes to catch up. Also, having the All-Stars camp at the start of the year, it definitely was a bit of a build-up to these few weeks away."
The Australians played a practice match against a university team on Wednesday night, which gave them a chance to adjust to the rules and to the vagaries of the round ball.
Hill said having to kick the ball around his body instead of using a traditional technique had taken plenty of work, but he was confident he would master the art in time for the first Test.
"For most of the boys, it's been a first-time experience of playing Gaelic footy," Hill said.
"So getting used to the round ball is definitely a bit of an experience. We've had a few sessions and are starting to improve.
"I'm getting used to kicking around the body with the round ball. All of the boys are learning from each other."
Hill will play as a key forward, despite being only 185cm.Coach Michael O'Loughlin has picked a team of crumbing players, with the aim of using their sheer speed to get an advantage over the Irish.