Good news! International Rules is to return to Croke Park this year
We're amazed this is still a thing, but fans of the annual battles between Ireland and Australia have reason to smile today
The GAA and AFL have confirmed that a single International Rules Test match will take place at Croke Park this November.
The sides' meeting in Perth last year, which was won by Australia, was deemed a success and prompted the renewal of the rivalry on Saturday, November 21 at GAA headquarters.
GAA director general Paraic Duffy said: “The success of last year’s one-test series has prompted us to continue with this format for 2015 with a view to re-igniting interest in the cross-code game in Ireland.”
Aussie Rules chief Gillon McLachlan welcomed the fixture and confirmed that last year's policy of selecting only All Australian players would again be in effect.
“Australian and Irish fans want to see a spectacular and competitive contest played between the most talented AFL players and Ireland’s best Gaelic footballers,” McLachlan said. “It is extremely important that the Australian team give the best possible account of itself, as we did last year, and the players who were part of that squad will be given the opportunity to play again, under the leadership of the coaching panel of Alastair Clarkson, Ross Lyon and Chris Scott.
"Those players who may not be able to join us post-season will only be replaced by someone who has earned All Australian selection through his AFL career as we remain determined to ensure the prestige and popularity of the International Rules Series between Australia and Ireland,” he added.