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International Rules Game Could Be Played In America Next Year

International Rules Game Could Be Played In America Next Year
By PJ Browne Updated

Having already brought a variation of hurling to the States - the Super 11s take place in Boston again this month - the GAA is set to also stage a variation on Gaelic football in the US.

The Irish Independent reports this morning that GAA director general Paraic Duffy has said the AFL is keen to play an International Rules test in the US. It's a development to which the GAA is open. The promotion of Gaelic Games abroad has been a concern for the Association in recent years.

Duffy says that the only issue could be finding a pitch which is big enough for the sport. It's likely that the first test would be played in the US with the second back in Ireland.

The Australians are very keen on going to the States so we're going to push hard to see if it's possible.

The problem in America is getting a pitch that's big enough for the International Rules game. It's not easy but there are some possibilities.

One possibility is the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia - we might take a look at that.

Ireland play Australia in the second game of this year's International Rules series on Saturday. Manager Joe Kernan has had to call on reinforcements for his 23-man squad. Monaghan's Darren Hughes has travelled to Perth as a replacement for the unlucky Pearce Hanley. The Mayo man, who plays for the Gold Coast Suns, suffered a broken hand during Sunday's first test.


Ciaran Sheehan has also been called in to train with the squad. Sheehan, who won an All-Ireland with Cork in 2010, was recently released by Carlton after three years with the AFL side. In the build-up to the first game, Enda Smith and Niall Murphy were both suffering from illness. Sheehan has been called up as back-up should either be unavailable to play on Saturday.

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