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Australia-Ireland to resume 'AFL' Tests

30/05/2008 04:51:39 PM Comments (0)

Australia will resume the International Rules series against Ireland with two local Tests this October.

The AFL will officially launch the series early next week, with Perth hosting the first Test on October 24 and the second in Melbourne on October 31.

The future of the series was in jeopardy after on-field violence marred the 2005 Australian series and the Ireland tour the following year.

Ireland's Gaelic football governing body the GAA called off the series.

Senior AFL officials met with GAA counterparts late last year to start negotiations.

They met again in Dubai three months ago and on St Patrick's Day, the Irish counties voted for the series to resume.

One of the features of the revived series is expected to be ramped-up sanctions for on-field incidents.

The AFL will use the series as part of their celebrations for 150 years of Australian football.

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