Stakes are higher than ever for tarnished rules
Hiccups are nothing new to the relationship between the GAA and the Australian Football League (AFL), the governing body of Australian Rules football.
There was a major delay from the time the Aussies arrived for the first time to play Meath in 1967 to a tortuous initiation of the first official games in Ireland in 1984, which the visitors won 2-1.
Then after Ireland won 2-1 in Australia in November 1990, there was another lapse until the series resumed in 1998. The chequered career of the series since then is well documented.