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Debate: Should Irish AFL Players Be Allowed To Play Gaelic Football In Off Season?

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With Essendon’s Conor McKenna playing in a game of Gaelic Football when home in Ireland recently, the spotlight has turned to the question of whether or not Irish footballers playing with AFL clubs in Australia be allowed to play for their local clubs/leagues in Gaelic Football matches when they return home, usually in off-seasons.

When reading the media stories and associated fan comments, there is something of a polarisation in opinion. One camp is firmly in the “too big a risk of injury”, and therefore cannot be allowed. The other camp sits largely along the lines of a trip to Ireland is a player’s private time and they are entitled to risk injury.

The clear third option is that the issue isn’t risk of injury, it is the fact that a simple enquiry to their club to advise or discuss the matter may have made a big difference.
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International Rules series set for 2020 return

International Rules
The AFL and GAA have been in talks over the past few months and finally have agreed to resume the International Rules series in November 2020 in Ireland.
 
The announcement from the GAA stated that the return leg in Austalia will be played in 2022, presumably also in November.  The AFL have been pushing for a number of years for a match in the US (likely New York) but it does not appear to have been agreed upon by the Irish.  Australia will instead again have a training camp in New York. 
 
Australia currently hold the Cormac McAnallen Trophy after they won the last series of matches in Adelaide and Perth in 2017.
 
There has been no indication whether there will be an equivalent AFLW vs LGFA, but we hold out hope that this can happen for the first time since an Australian women's team played the Irish LFGA team in 2006.  

 

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