International Rules Series in doubt due to AFL player strike

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Updated: August 1, 2011

The International Rules series scheduled for later this year is in some doubt due to a players’ wages dispute in Australia.

The AFL payment row has still not been settled and players are reported to be considering boycotting the series if a deal is not reached in the coming weeks.

Over 400 players attended a meeting organised by the AFL Players Association (AFLPA) in Melbourne last week, while another 300 took part via video link. The players gave their union full permission to proceed with whatever action was deemed necessary to break the payment deadlock.

It is understood that the International Series and the AFL’s pre-season NAB Cup will both be the subject of strike action if the issue is not resolved very soon.

Ireland are due to play Australia in Melbourne on October 28th and in the Metricon Stadium in Queensland on November 4th.

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