Action from the Melbourne Demons versus Collingwood Magpies AFL match which attracted over 83,000 to the Melbourne Cricket Ground/ Scott Barbour/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Aussie Rules, or simply ‘football’ as it’s known hereabouts, does just that, but you only realise the extent of its dominance in the Australian psyche(...)

 Australia’s Robbie Tarrant spoils the mark for Aidan O’Shea in the second Test of the international rules series, which ended in two defeats for Ireland. Photograph:   Paul Kane/Getty Images

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