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

Australia 53 [0-15-8] Ireland 50 [2-10-8] Australia win series 2-0 The irony is that, as the international series continues to bob above the surface,(...)

Kerry All Star Paul Geaney in the air with Australia’s Kade Simpson during the first Test between Ireland and Australia at  Adelaide Oval, which the home side won. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

International rules isn’t the easiest of sports to break into. Precedent indicates that experienced players do best but there’s no opportunity to gain(...)

Ireland players show their dejection after defeat in the first International Rules Test  at the Adelaide Oval. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/inpho

There was a strong view, substantiated by the evidence of the two most recent contests for the Cormac McAnallen Cup, that Yesterday’s Test in the Ade(...)

Ireland International Rules squad manager Joe Kernan: “We stopped doing the simple things. In the fourth quarter, we did the simple things again.” Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Easier said than done. Joe Kernan said that yes, indeed, there had been a focus in preparations on the third quarter and how influential it can be. Bu(...)

Australia’s Nat Fyfe celebrates scoring a goal in Adelaide. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Australia 63 [2-13-12], Ireland 53 [1-13-8] That Russian roulette feeling you get before first tests with no real clues as to which barrel is going t(...)

 Goalkeeper  Brendon Goddard during Australia’s training session in  Adelaide Oval on Thursday. Photograph: James Elsby/AFL Media/Getty Images

As Sunday’s first Test draws closer, both Ireland and Australia teams arrived in Adelaide on Thursday. The major training sessions will be on Friday b(...)