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All Australian-only side to tour Ireland in November

Darren Hughes of Ireland in action during the 2014 International Rules match between Australia and Ireland at Patersons Stadium, Perth on November 22, 2014. (Photo: Will Russell/AFL Media)
The International Rules series will return to Ireland in November after a successful reinvention in 2014
We remain determined to ensure the prestige and popularity of the International Rules series
AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan

International Rules history, results and rules

AUSTRALIA will again select only All Australian players for its International Rules team when it travels to Ireland for the 2015 series in November. 

After the success of the 2014 clash won by Australia in Perth, Ireland will host a return clash at Croke Park on November 21, re-establishing the series as an annual event.  

AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan said the players who revitalised the concept last year would be given the opportunity to represent Australia again. 

Coach Alastair Clarkson and assistants Ross Lyon and Chris Scott will also return. 

"It is extremely important that the Australian team give the best possible account of itself, as we did last year," McLachlan said. 

"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."

Australia last travelled to Ireland for the 2013 two-Test series won comprehensively by the hosts, who have welcomed Australia's the decision to select exclusively All Australian players. 

"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," GAA director general Páraic Duffy said. 

"We look forward to welcoming the visiting AFL delegation to Ireland and I’ve no doubt they will be afforded the same warm welcome as previous years as they prepare for what is sure to be a competitive test."