Páraic Duffy: “They’re [Australians] very positive about wanting to come to Ireland next year”

With GAA and Australian Football League again in harmony games on threshold of new era

Michael Murphy of Ireland looks to pass while pressured by  Harry Taylor and Nick Smith of Australia during the International Rules Test Match between Australia and Ireland in Perth on Saturday. Photograph: Getty

GAA director general says series could return to a two-match format

Australia manager Alastair Clarkson at this morning’s press conference. Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan

Alastair Clarkson also said that he believed the policy of selecting only top players should be maintained

James McCarthy and Colm Begley training at Patersons Stadium in Perth. Utilising McCarthy’s pace is key to Ireland’s hopes. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

Future of International Rules series may depend on how match plays out

Ireland’s David Moran training with Ross Munnelly ahead of Saturday’s Test match with Australia. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Kerry All Star has always been inspired by the exploits of fellow county men

GAA president Liam O’Neill: ‘Taking a gap year is a bit like breaking off an engagement and going back again – it doesn’t really work. You could get a lot more momentum into it if it was played every year’. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

GAA president believes association would agree to further one-Test contests in future

A fight breaks out during the second Test of the 2006 International Rules series. The indiscipline issue has probably proven to be the most costly for the hybrid game. Photograph: Inpho

Decline of Rules project a result of self-inflicted setbacks

Kevin McKernan, Neil McGee and the rest of the Ireland International Rules players taking light exercise on  spin bikes during a recovery session at St Kilda Baths, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, on Sunday. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Defender Neil McGee believes Ireland’s kicking ability gives team edge over Australia

Nathan “Nat” Fyfe would have been one of the the Australian’s key players. Photograph: Philip Gostelow/Getty Images

Australia also lose key man Nat Fyfe for Saturday’s test against Ireland

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