GAA worries about Australian player poaching…

Hard not to have some sympathy with the Ulster Council of the GAA when they voted for the ending of the International Rules tests between Ireland and Australia… The reason: the exposure is encouraging professional Aussie Rules clubs to run off with the best young GAA talent… I suspect though that it will fall of deaf ears… Australian money and the amateur status of GAA are the real problem… Simply cutting the international tournaments are not likely to see that problem off any time soon now the Australian clubs have had a taste of fresh Irish talent…

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