Sunday 22 October 2017

AFL intent on killing Rules series

Tadhg Kennelly and Tommy Walsh - Aussies will pick only indigenous players this year
Tadhg Kennelly and Tommy Walsh - Aussies will pick only indigenous players this year
Martin Breheny

Martin Breheny

AUSTRALIA'S decision to choose their panel for this year's International Rules clashes with Ireland solely from indigenous players makes a mockery of the series.

The GAA are in a bind here, since to query the AFL's decision might be mischievously spun as an example of racism.

It's anything but. The number of indigenous players playing in the AFL is a small percentage of the overall total, yet the Australian team will be chosen only from that group. It would be the equivalent of the Irish team being chosen from Irish-speaking players only.

If the AFL can't attract their top stars into the International Rules series (although it was usually easy enough in years when the games were in Ireland) then it's time for the GAA to tell them that the link-up is over.

The Aussies almost killed it once by not controlling their players and they now seem intent on finishing it off with a ludicrous selection policy.

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