One-Test International Rules S...


One-Test International Rules Series To Continue In 2015


01:33 16 Mar 2015

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Ireland will host Australia in the International Rules series later this year.

It has been confirmed that it'll be a one test tie, similar to last year.

This year's encounter will take place at Croke Park in November.

GAA President Aogán Ó Fearghail said: “We are confident that the Irish public will turn out in large numbers to see the best of the two codes compete for the Cormac McAnallen Cup.

"We welcome Australia’s commitment to the series and their decision to once again select All Australian players for the game.”

GAA Director General Páraic Duffy added: “The success of last year’s one-test series has prompted us to continue with this format for 2015 with a view to re-igniting interest in the cross-code game in Ireland.”

Meanwhile, AFL Chief Executive Gillon McLachlan confirmed they would select only All Australian players for the tour, similar to last year.
“Australian and Irish fans want to see a spectacular and competitive contest played between the most talented AFL players and Ireland’s best Gaelic footballers,” he said.

“It is extremely important that the Australian team give the best possible account of itself, as we did last year, and the players who were part of that squad will be given the opportunity to play again, under the leadership of the coaching panel of Alastair Clarkson, Ross Lyon and Chris Scott.
“Those players who may not be able to join us post-season will only be replaced by someone who has earned All Australian selection through his AFL career as we remain determined to ensure the prestige and popularity of the International Rules Series between Australia and Ireland.”

The Aussies won the Cormac McAnallen Cup last November, beating Ireland in Perth.

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