Aidan O’Shea says the Irish players will match up physically. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

It hasn’t been the most straightforward of trips for the Ireland captain Aidan O’Shea, leading an unusually inexperienced team and having to cope with(...)

 Aidan O’Shea: will captain Ireland in Australia for the International Rules series.  “It’s a nice honour and nice for Mayo, my club and my family.”  Photograph:  Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Aidan O’Shea has been officially named as Ireland captain for November’s International Rules series in Australia. It will be the Mayo footballer’s f(...)

Australia coach Alastair Clarkson is  keen on playing in US. Photograph: Ian Walton/Getty Images

The GAA and AFL are actively exploring the possibility of staging the International Rules series outside Ireland or Australia every third year. It (...)

Ireland celebrate with the Cormac McAnallen Cup after beating Australia at Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The international series evokes a range of reactions but no one can argue with its resilience. Having hit various crises over the past 10 years and(...)

Ireland’s John O’Loughlin tries to tackle Luke Breust of Australia during the International Rules match at Croke Park. Photograph: Ian Walton/Getty Images

Ireland 56 [3-11-5] Australia 52 [1-13-7] Ireland’s International Rules Test victory on Saturday night was an impressive display – although late slipp(...)

Joe Kernan: “They blew us out of the water last year, they will be wanting to do the same here again, and that’s what we have to be ready for.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The difficulties for this evening’s one-off EirGrid International Rules Test could be seen and heard at Friday’s media conference when all the poin(...)

Australian captain Luke Hodge at a media conference ahead of the International Rules Test  against Ireland at Croke Park. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

It’s 11 years since the international rules series had a pre-Test media conference in Croke Park with nothing to talk about. The current format of the(...)

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

In an impressive, death-bed recovery the international rules series looks set to return to being staged annually. After the indignities of recent year(...)

Ireland  captain Michael Murphy  looks on with his team after being defeated during the International Rules Test Match  at Paterson Stadium  in Perth, Australia. Photograph:  Paul Kane/Getty Images

Paul Earley continued the trend of Ireland managers winning one international rules series and losing another but this was a frustrating defeat, not o(...)

Australian players pose with the Cormac McAnallen Cup after winning the International Rules Test with Ireland at Paterson Stadium  in Perth. Photograph:  Paul Kane/Getty Images

The husband of murdered Irish woman Jill Meagher presented the Cormac McAnallen trophy to Australia’s winning captain Joel Selwood after this morni(...)

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