Aussies won't pull out - Duffy
05 November 2011
GAA Ard Stiúrthóir Paraic Duffy
GAA Director General Paraic Duffy says the AFL will commit to the next International Rules series in 2013.
Duffy confirmed that he met with AFL CEO Andrew Demetriou yesterday and they discussed the difficulties which series the endured this year, and in a post-match dinner speech last night, Demetriou vowed: "No matter what anybody says, we are committed to the long term future of the series".
"He (Demetriou) said there season was longer than usual this year," Duffy told the Irish Examiner. "He said there was a certain element of fatigue due to their games. They put it back a week, and that didn't help.
"They should have played the first Test here (Gold Coast) and the second game in Melbourne. With the Rugby World Cup and the Melbourne Cup they found it very hard to get their voices heard (in terms of media exposure). They spent the same amount on promotion as they did in previous years.
"He accepted that the team didn't have enough star names. That was a factor.
"That was the biggest factor in terms of the crowd but they are absolutely committed to the Series.
"He said the players do want to play in it. We have agreed that they we going to play it on a two-year cycle again. He says they are absolutely committed to it and I would accept his word on that. It is going to go ahead. We need to get Central Council approval on that but we will get that."