International Rules series to return in 2020

Croke Park stadium in Dublin.

The International Rules series, between the AFL and GAA, is set to return in 2020, the first time since 2017.

The two sides agreed to the next series of hybrid games between Australia and Ireland, with provisional dates being Sunday, November 15 and Saturday, November 21, with the games being played in Ireland, according to afl.com.au

The November 21 game coincides with the 100th anniversary of Bloody Sunday, when 32 people were killed or fatally wounded and hundreds more injured at Croke Park stadium in Dublin, when British soldiers opened fire on the crowd attending a football match.

The location of the 2020 games has yet to be confirmed. The series will then be held in Australia after the 2022 AFL season finishes.

GAA Director General Tom Ryan said: “We are pleased to announce the return of the International Rules Series in 2020 and look forward to re-connecting with our friends and colleagues in the AFL, both on and off the field.

“The series offers our players the chance to wear the green jersey and represent Ireland and it also provides them with an opportunity to pit themselves against the best from another code while showcasing the best skills of Gaelic football,” he added.

Australia reclaimed the Cormac McAnallen Cup in 2017, winning both games, held in Perth and Adelaide.

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