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Last Updated: Wednesday, 18 January 2006, 18:18 GMT
GAA to meet AFL over rules series
Mattie Forde is 'tackled' by Chris Johnson
Chris Johnson (right) was banned for five Rules matches
The GAA will have discussions about the future of the International Rules with their Australian Football League counterparts next week.

There have been some calls to scrap the hybrid code following the violence which marred the series last October.

GAA president Sean Kelly, president-elect Nicky Brennan and director-general Liam Mulvihill will represent the GAA at the meeting.

There will be attempts to formulate a new code of discipline in the series.

Australia co-captain Chris Johnson was suspended for the next five games against Ireland after pleading guilty to striking Philip Jordan and Mattie Forde during the second Test at Telstra Dome.

Johnson, who won't be eligible to play against Ireland again until 2008, later apologised for his actions.

The GAA and the AFL are likely to introduce several rule changes.

These could include a decision not to allow players who have been sent off in games to be replaced by a team-mate.

There has been the view that this has encouraged the "taking out" of players in the series.

Another possible change is that suspensions picked up in the series could also apply to the GAA and AFL calendar.




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