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Regulars withdraw from IC11

International Cup 2011worldfootynews.com understands that another country has withdrawn from the International Cup.

A couple of late drop-outs is not unexpected, especially with a big field of "possibles", but this country has been a regular good competitor at previous Cups. We'll publish details when we have confirmed them.

The withdrawal leaves a list of 19 nations (not including a possible multicultural side) to compete in this year's men's event. With at least one other country not completely over the line it demonstrates why the AFL are leaving the draw announcement until late - frustrating for fans (we're getting plenty of queries) but hard to avoid.
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Regulars withdraw from IC11
Authored by: sverik25 on Sunday, June 26 2011 @ 11:13 am ACST

Devastating to hear this. Any guesses as to what country it might be?

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Authored by: joingler on Sunday, June 26 2011 @ 11:21 am ACST

My guess would be Samoa (if true). Local league is non existent or not very strong (happy to be corrected). Maybe Japan.for the same reason.

While it is a shame that this has happened, I think in the whole scheme of things it is not a major issue. Still 3 teams on debut (4 if you include Tonga) and teams that debtued in 2008 are back this year, proving that Australian Rules Footy is expanding across the globe.

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Authored by: Aaron Richard on Sunday, June 26 2011 @ 10:10 pm ACST

It's a bit frustrating that we can't confirm which country it is, but hopefully we'll get the green light soon.

For the record though, as far as I know Japan's local league is still kicking along fine.  Considerably better than Samoa's at any rate.

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Authored by: Brett Northey on Monday, June 27 2011 @ 03:46 pm ACST

Yeah I think Japan's issue is that it is mostly student based and they have a high turnover, so the Samurai don't benefit from building up an experienced team, and the individual clubs find it difficult growing themselves or growing new clubs.

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Brett Northey - Co-founder and Chief Editor of WFN
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Authored by: Brett Northey on Monday, June 27 2011 @ 04:10 pm ACST

Note that we're not so much unable to confirm the withdrawal, but we're giving the country in question a fair chance to confirm and explain what has happened, and that incldues time for us to put the questions to them etc.

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Brett Northey - Co-founder and Chief Editor of WFN
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Authored by: John Enright on Monday, June 27 2011 @ 07:32 pm ACST

"Hopefully its New Zealand or PNG" says the Irishman sarcastically...... :-)

Not South Africa because we have a score to settle with them!

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John Enright
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Authored by: Brett Northey on Tuesday, June 28 2011 @ 10:14 am ACST

What's your point?

Ouch.

For those unfamiliar with the dramatic conclusion to the 3rd vs 4th playoff at IC08, check these out:

Controversial finish as South Africa defeat Ireland after the siren

Official Match Review of Ireland vs South Africa final moments

Reasonable to say that Ireland want another crack at South Africa.

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Brett Northey - Co-founder and Chief Editor of WFN
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Authored by: Cam Homes on Tuesday, June 28 2011 @ 01:14 pm ACST

Some ridgi didge rivalry developing here between Ireland and South Africa it seems. Can only be good for International Footy.

Cam

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Authored by: Brett Northey on Tuesday, June 28 2011 @ 05:41 pm ACST

Agreed, good to see some rivalry.  I was at the match and the Irish were positively seething afterwards.  Obviously South Africa has been heavily supported by the AFL compared with most other nations, and there was a perception amongst some countries that the favouritism might extend beyond development funding, so this incident was touchy to say the least. 

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Brett Northey - Co-founder and Chief Editor of WFN
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Authored by: Brett Northey on Tuesday, June 28 2011 @ 05:42 pm ACST

Yes, it is Samoa that have pulled out of IC11.

See Samoa withdraw.

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Brett Northey - Co-founder and Chief Editor of WFN
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