Wednesday 21 February 2018

Eugene McGee: Skill deficit puts series in jeopardy

Eugene McGee

Eugene McGee

The many detractors of the International Rules series between Ireland and Australia are never short of reasons for condemning the matches -- to the extent that you might imagine there is little or no interest in the whole thing, even in Ireland.

That's not true, of course, as more than 60,000 people have attended the games at Croke Park in recent years.

While all sorts of views from the reasonable to the frivolous have been produced to argue that the series should be scrapped, very few of the detractors even try to admit that some of the biggest problems have been shown up among the ranks of the Ireland players.

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