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Debate - World footy rankings 2008 - Where to place non-IC08 teams?
Authored by: 00Bock on Monday, January 26 2009 @ 09:16 pm ACDT

That is quite true! Imagine Kennelly, O'hAilpin and Clarke playing in the IC like Brian Stynes did in 2002 and 2005: no chance for PNG or NZ! But I guess regarding amateur level alone, the ranking is correct at the top.

Debate - World footy rankings 2008 - Where to place non-IC08 teams?
Authored by: Brett Northey on Tuesday, January 27 2009 @ 12:16 pm ACDT

duffman, you raise an interesting issue, but we've already discussed it. Correct that Ireland could easily be ranked second only to Australia, but we pretty much decided that it has to be based on realistic availability and at this stage AFL-listed players and players from other codes have not shown themselves to be available. If you consider other codes then the argument could extend forever - I'm sure the US could train up some NFL and NBA players to be pretty handy in a short space of time.

We can't say strictly amateur, as players below AFL level probably on various payments have already played. We'll try to stick to International Cup type criteria and with the caveat that there be a reasonable expectation that players would be available.

The bottom line is that we discussed it in reasonable depth in Debate - World footy rankings 2008 - the Irish question

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