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International Rules future in doubt

Dublin county secretary John Costello has cast doubts on the future of the International Rules series between Ireland and Australia.

"Ireland's two test matches against the Australians were a reality check as it was only in the latter stages of both tests, when Ireland threw caution to the wind, that we looked like troubling our visitors," he says in his annual report to convention.

"It is no doubt a huge honour to represent your country at international level but the level of passion exhibited by our players did not match that which you'd expect from the same players while performing at county or club level.

"The foot-passing and point-taking were also sub-par and you'd have to wonder what is the long-term relevance of the game? Is it a marriage that will some day be

harmonious or is it one that will also be subject to a path of extreme highs and lows as one nation holds the upper-hand until they seem to lose a bit of interest in the concept of International Rules and are surpassed by their rival?"

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