The International Rules series to be a Tri-Nation affair now? Well, the Australian Coach certainly seems to think so. Alastair Clarkson, while speaking to the official AFL.com.au, says that he has a dream to rope in the United States to be part of the International Rules Series.
“We’d love to do that, in actual fact we had plans to try and do it for this year, it didn’t come off for this year,” Clarkson said. “We want to invest in this part of the world.”
“There’s a huge Irish contingent here (in New York), and … we can sow a seed over the next couple of weeks about the concept of playing a game here – and maybe even somewhere further down the track having a US-based side that can participate in a tri-series rather than just have us and Ireland playing.”
The Australian team is currently training in New York and the coach exclaims that “he wanted one test in the 2015 Virgin Australia International Rules Series to be played in the Big Apple.” Clarkson feels that the combined brand of Gaelic and Australian football has great future ahead.
“The hybrid concept is actually working,” Clarkson said.
“It’s 10 series to nine I think in the overall outcome of the series (Ireland leads 14-11 with two drawn tests since 1998), so it means that no one country is actually significantly advantaged by the hybrid game,” he explained.
“It’d be great to bring in another side into the competition so it’d become a tri-series, and then who knows where it expands from there. We really want to showcase our game to the world, and the best opportunity of doing that is to take it to Europe, which we are doing by playing at Croke Park, but if we could take it to the eastern side of America then that would be really exciting for our game.”
Nothing has been finalized for now and AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan will still have to discuss the possibilities with the Gaelic Athletic Association in Dublin scheduled for this week.