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Vincent Hogan: What's the point in having rules?

Vincent Hogan examines a series that seems caught between two stools since backing away from its explosive physicality

Published 15/10/2011 | 05:00

The drum-roll will begin as soon as they can find the time to remember. Right now, Australia just finds itself a little preoccupied. This time next week, the Irish will be in Melbourne and, no doubt, all the marketing and faux nationalism will kick back into overdrive. But this is 'Trade Week' in the AFL and, of course, tomorrow there's that gentle, social engagement with the All Blacks.

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So, if backs aren't quite turned against the looming International Rules Series, take it that Anthony Tohill and his men aren't top of anyone's agenda either.

The only Irish making headlines in Australia this week were Tommy Walsh, Marty Clarke and Setanta O hAilpin. All have been tied up in what, from the outside at least, looks like some kind of complicated poker game between AFL clubs as they finalise playing personnel for 2012.

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