International Rules matches scrapped for 2016

Ireland beat Australia 56-52 in the last match at Croke Park in November 2015
Ireland beat Australia 56-52 in the last match at Croke Park in November 2015

The International Rules Series between Ireland and Australia will not take place this year, the GAA has announced.

However, two matches - played under 'compromise rules' based on Gaelic football and Aussie Rules - are to be staged in Australia in 2017.

For the last two years there have been one-off games between the nations, but the two-match format is being revived.

Ireland are the holders of the Cormac McAnallen Cup, Joe Kernan's team having won 56-52 in Dublin in November.

"It was not possible to organise a two-game series in Australia this year and we have decided to take a long-term view of the series and press pause for 2016," said GAA president Aogán Ó Fearghail.

"The success of the last two series has been based on the ability of both teams to attract the finest talent, making for close, competitive and entertaining games."

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