Saturday 29 April 2017

Irish set for Gold Coast Test

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

The Irish International Rules team will play a Test match at a new Australian venue in November, it has been confirmed.

For the first time ever a senior International Rules Test will be played in Queensland.

The second Test has been scheduled for the new Metricon Stadium in Gold Coast city on November 4.

The first Test will take place at the Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, where Ireland and Australia met in the infamous 2005 Test, on October 28.

It had been anticipated that the second Test would be played in Melbourne following a first Test in Perth, which has been home to one of the two Tests since 2003.

There was also some speculation that the AFL may move a Test to Sydney.

But they have gone further up the eastern seaboard to the newest stadium in AFL, which accommodates just 25,000 people.

It is home to one of the newest AFL franchises, the Gold Coast Suns, and is just south of Brisbane, where there is a large Irish community.

In the past, Test matches have taken place chiefly in Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide. In 1990, the second of three Tests was hosted in Canberra.

Irish Independent

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