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Irish eyes are on back-to-back championships

International Cup 2005

As reigning International Cup champions, the pressure is on Ireland to defend their title. Their league was only young when they lifted the first cup, so with more experience they will be difficult to beat.

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Barassi in PNG for the Cup Build-Up as the Business of PNG Footy opens Aussie Franchises

Oceania

The Kokoda International Cavaliers Klub (KICK), an organisation formed in Papua New Guinea to promote and raise funds for the AFLPNG and Australian Football in general in the country, is planning to open two new chapters in Adelaide and Melbourne. Last Wednesday, July 27th, the KICK Port Moresby chapter held a player auction in support of the Mosquitoes' assault on the IC - with special guest speaker Ron Barassi. WFN caught up with 'Mr Football' to talk about the Cup and international footy in general.

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Nauru withdraw from International Cup

International Cup 2005

Fixtures involving Nauru have been omitted from a revised International Cup draw posted on afl.com.au, suggesting that the struggling Pacific nation has withdrawn from the competition.

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Long trek from Itsoseng to Riverland for Buffaloes vice captain

Africa

Sport often generates great stories of people rising above adversity. This is one such story, following the journey of a young South African from a dead-end path on the streets of Itsoseng to a scholarship in the South Australian Riverland and representing his country in Melbourne at the Australian Football International Cup.

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Vancouver youngsters continue to grow

North America

The North Delta Junior Australian Football League (NDJAFL) is one of the great stories in the growth if Australian Rules football in Canada. An offshoot of the Vancouver Cougars club, season 2005 saw the number of teams grow from 6 to 8, with the sides competing in two divisions of four. With many of the players turning 15 or 16 next year, organisers have no doubt that some top senior players will emerge in the next few years. Perhaps the likely third International Cup in 2008 will see the first junior come through for Canada.

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WFN 1 year old today

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Just a quick note to say that World Footy News has just completed its first year in operation. In that time we've published nearly 400 stories on Aussie Rules from all parts of the globe. Thanks to everyone's support we've hopefully spread the word on footy further within the Australian public, and helped communicate new ideas in the international footy community, perhaps bringing everyone a little closer together in our common goals. With the continued support of the Australian Rules football world, we hope to grow as our great game evolves in more and more countries. We also welcome feedback so feel free to send us an email or post a comment here.

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PNG Footy at a Crossroads?

OceaniaAustralian Football in Papua New Guinea has had a number of successes in recent times through the implementation of junior and lifestyle programs structured to get people playing competition sport. A major advantage has been that the country's main spectator sport, rugby league, has not had any real competing structures - though this may soon change with a big push planned by Rugby League and supported by AusAid. World Footy News talks with Scott Reid about how the PNG footballing landscape currently looks.
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Rumour mill exaggerates Cavanagh signing

Europe

Reports in the Australian and Irish press concerning the signing of Gaelic footballer Sean Cavanagh to the Brisbane Lions are premature, with discussions ongoing.

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US Coach Nugent returns home bringing Revolution with him

International Cup 2005The United States Australian Football National team - the American Revolution - will arrive in Melbourne this week for their second attempt to take home the International Cup. This talented bunch of American footballers will be playing under an Australian coach, making the return to his home town. World Footy News profile USA coach Alan Nugent.

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Falcons captain profiled in New Zealand press

International Cup 2005

New Zealand Falcons captain Andrew Congalton has been receiving some press coverage at home, with a profile article appearing in the North Shore Times and on news website stuff.co.nz.

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Mosquitoes still searching for a sponsor

International Cup 2005

Papua New Guinea, one of the favourites to win the upcoming International Cup, are still searching for a sponsor to support their tilt at the title.

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Update on IC commentary

International Cup 2005

As reported in Call for commentators at Cup matches the AFL were seeking volunteers to commentate on IC round 1 and 3 matches, which will be filmed for promotional purposes. They have now appointed two locals to the positions, but will still be interested in international guests who can provide some insight into their country's players and local footy scene.

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