Kernan confident series will return as International Rules is cancelled
Ireland manager Joe Kernan has expressed disappointment that the International Rules series is being put into cold storage for this year.
However, GAA chiefs have confirmed that a two-match series will be played in Australia next year and that a further two-game series will be staged in Ireland, presumably in 2018.
And the possibility of the adaptation of the game for an exhibition series in the United States in the future is to be considered.
"I am disappointed that the Rules series will not go ahead this year as Australia are unable to commit to it," said Kernan.
"Had it been taking place, this might have allowed us to build on our success of last year, but hopefully we will regain our momentum next year and win on Australian soil."
Meanwhile, on a weekend when the credibility of several Ulster sides took a hit in the Nicky Rackard Cup, Clare and Waterford underlined the vast gulf that exists between the elite and the rest when they served up a riveting Allianz League final in Thurles yesterday.
The sides were deadlocked 0-15 each at the end of normal time and in extra time Maurice Shanahan landed a last-gasp point from a 70-metre free that left the sides sharing parity of esteem at the end at 0-22 each.