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Australian team announced for International Rules Series

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    Next month, Gaelic footballers from Ireland will travel to face the best of the AFL in the 20th iteration of the International Rules Series.

    The 17-man Australian team was announced this morning. They will be led by Geelong coach Chris Scott.

    The series will be played as a two-test format for the first time since 2013. The first match will be played at the Adelaide Oval on November 12, and the second will be hosted at Domain stadium in Perth on November 18.

    Australia and Ireland began facing off in International Rules football in 1984. The format has undergone a few changes over the years.

    From 1984-1990 it was played as a three-test series. After a brief hiatus, it was revived as a two-test series in 1998 and remained in that format until 2013.

    2014 and 2015 saw the series played as a one-off test.

    Ireland captured the Cormac McAnallen trophy in 2015 with a win in Dublin. The all-time series stands at 10-9 in favour of Ireland.

    The match will also be the last AFL event held at Domain Stadium, with the new Perth Stadium scheduled for completion in 2018.

    Australia team to play Ireland

    Gary Ablett (Gold Coast)
    Eddie Betts (Adelaide)
    Travis Boak (Port Adelaide)
    Shaun Burgoyne (Hawthorn)
    Patrick Dangerfield (Geelong)
    Nathan Fyfe (Fremantle)
    Brendon Goddard (Essendon)
    Toby Greene (Greater Western Sydney)
    Michael Hibberd (Melbourne)
    Rory Laird (Adelaide)
    Zac Merrett (Essendon)
    Scott Pendlebury (Collingwood)
    Paddy Ryder (Port Adelaide)
    Joel Selwood (Geelong)
    Rory Sloane (Adelaide)
    Chad Wingard (Port Adelaide)
    Dayne Zorko (Brisbane Lions)

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      October 12th 2017 @ 2:28pm
      WCE said | October 12th 2017 @ 2:28pm | ! Report

      what’s the point of these games ? what part of this game is Aussie rules ???

    • October 12th 2017 @ 11:22pm
      J.T. Delacroix said | October 12th 2017 @ 11:22pm | ! Report

      Given that it’ll be the same 70:30 ratio of Gaelic Football favoured game format, I’m as uninspired as ever.

    • October 15th 2017 @ 8:57am
      Bretto said | October 15th 2017 @ 8:57am | ! Report

      Agree with all the concerns raised – but what an awesome team. Would much rather them play proper football than this version, but without some form of Origin it will never happen.

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