AFL want series to continue despite result
Association chiefs to hold discussions with clubs and players
Dejected Australia players after their defeat to Ireland in the International Rules 2nd Test in Croke Park. Photograph: Patrick Bolger/Getty Images
The AFL insist that they remain committed to the international rules concept but have acknowledged that the top players must be involved for it to thrive.
AFL deputy chief executive, Gillon McLachlan admitted that the 101-point annihilation inflicted on a disinterested and unmotivated looking indigenous squad by Paul Earley’s Ireland side was “disappointing”.
McLachlan revealed that association chiefs would hold discussions with clubs and players in a bid to find a way that would make it possible for Aussie rules’ top players to line out. That would, he insisted, ensure the series’ success.
“It would be incredibly disappointing if that was the end of the IRS” said McLachlan. “I think we have strong support at AFL House and through the playing group and I’ve had a number of ex-players say it was one of the best things they did in their football careers.
“We would love it to continue, the Irish want it to continue but we have to work with the players, with the clubs and with the Irish to get a series where the best players are playing.
“If it does, it will be a success like it was for many years.”