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'There was a lot of risk in going home' - Colin O'Riordan remains Down Under as AFL braces itself

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Lewis Melican and Colin O'Riordan look on during a Sydney Swans AFL training session at Lakeside Oval last July. Photo: Jason McCawley/Getty Images

Lewis Melican and Colin O'Riordan look on during a Sydney Swans AFL training session at Lakeside Oval last July. Photo: Jason McCawley/Getty Images

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Lewis Melican and Colin O'Riordan look on during a Sydney Swans AFL training session at Lakeside Oval last July. Photo: Jason McCawley/Getty Images

Colin O'Riordan weighed up his options and always arrived at the same conclusion – the Sydney Swans star was better off staying in Australia and riding out the coronavirus emergency rather than returning home.

There were the obvious health risks in heading back to Tipperary. He didn't want to take the chance of contracting the virus in transit and then, potentially, passing it on to his family.

There was a sporting side to the decision, too. The AFL has been postponed until May 31 at the earliest, and O’Riordan reasoned he’d be better able to prepare for any return to action by staying in Sydney.