Monday 17 December 2018

International Rules set to go Stateside next year

 

GAA director general Páraic Duffy. Photo: Sportsfile
GAA director general Páraic Duffy. Photo: Sportsfile
Martin Breheny

Martin Breheny

The International Rules series is secure for the foreseeable future, with attention now turning towards staging one game in America next year.

The Australians are due to travel to Ireland in 2018 but there is a strong possibility that only the second Test will be played here, with the first game to be staged in the US.

"The Australians are very keen on going to the States so we're going to push hard to see if it's possible.

"The problem in America is getting a pitch that's big enough for the International Rules game. It's not easy but there are some possibilities.

"One possibility is the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia - we might take a look at that," said GAA director general Páraic Duffy.

Doubts have persisted for many years around whether the International Rules concept would last but according to Duffy, that's no longer the case.

"There's no question of ending it. We're happy with it and so are the AFL.

"Our players have always backed it and their players have bought into it too after a few years when the top stars weren't available.

"The AFL feel they have cracked the issue and are now getting their best players to play the game as we've seen for this series," he said.

Irish Independent

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