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Time for Women's International Rules to be resurrected
Authored by: Cam Homes on Friday, December 01 2017 @ 12:26 pm ACDT

Why does it have to always be "AUSTRALIA" in this debate about playing a "World" team?

In Rugby and Soccer, England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland all play as separate entities, SO why at this stage in developing International Australian Football (AFLW in particular) can't we have each of our states taking on the other countries and "World", "Europe" combinations in these sort of matches and why not keep them all playing Aussie Rules, and not resort to Gaelic or Inter Rules.

OK, Victoria and WA would "flog/thrash" all the teams/nations/combinations we're talking about here, so have them play NSW, Queensland, South Australia, Northern Territory and even a Women's Indigenous/Aboriginal team or an AIM team and I believe there might just be some closer/even contests. (AIM team didn't win a game at Women's IC11)

AND spend the money getting the international teams to Australia and have these matches played as curtain closer's to the AFLW games, not spending it on sending the Aussies to Ireland etc. YOU already HAVE a Crowd here.

Its NOT the International Aussie Footy community that needs convincing that Aussie Rules IS now an internationally played sport, but the Australian AFL Footy community/fans who in the vast majority I believe have absolutely no idea of the extent of how much Aussie rules is being played overseas.

AND DO IT NOW, not wait til the AFLW gets settled/bigger/stronger years down the track and leaves the rest of the world even further behind.

Time for Women's International Rules to be resurrected
Authored by: Harley Vague on Monday, December 04 2017 @ 12:12 pm ACDT

I have always supported the IRS concept because it allows international competition and while it provides self-funded entertainment .it should continue. Importantly it has facilitated much inter-code contact at amateur level. However i'm totally confused by the lack of leverage out of these games. At the last test in Perth there was junior GAA demonstrated at half time, whilst I don't know of a red ball coming out at all in Ireland. Also we had the recent VFA team visiting Ireland yet didn't play AFL. That was left to until London. If IRS is going to continue let's at least attempt to leverage a junior match or an exhibition game out of it in the men.
Women everywhere are providing magnificent opportunities for growth. The AFLW has been a totally magnificent development but it could be even so much better. W.r.t IRS I would see a women's series as potentially a much better promotion and leverage opportunity than the men for a lot of reasons.IMO we should have a women's IRS but only if we attempt to leverage Australian Football growth. Whilst I'm in favour of IRS fpr women I believe some sort Australian Football competition featuring women from around the world be more beneficial in continuing the advancement in women's football. .