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Ireland v Australia: 11 battles that will be settled once and for all by sport tomorrow

It’s going to be carnage.

CENTURIES OF EMIGRATION have left Ireland and Australia inextricably linked despite their geographical differences. Tomorrow, however, the two nations will be at war.

Not actual war, you understand, but sporty war. Yes, our best and brightest GAA and rugby players are going up against their counterparts in the two codes.

So, before the one off International Rules match throws in at 9.45 AM and the rugby Test kicks off at 4.30 PM, here’s a taster of some of the bragging rights that will be up for grabs.

Which nation’s Simpsons episode was better?


knifey spoony

Enda Kenny v Tony Abbott

The battle of the ‘Prime Ministers’ could get a little sweaty.

sweat Source: Fine Gael/ABC



v Fungi

XLBmm7I Source: Imgur

Big W v Penneys

penneys w Source: Photocall

The Banshee…

Banshee Source: Wikipedia

v Bunyip

They’re both terrifying.

Bunyip_(1935) Source: Wikipedia


ac u2 Source: Press Association

The battle of stupid hats that tourists love

lep hat Source: YouTube screengrab

aussie hat Source: YouTube

Getting cheap Ryanair flights to Salou v Cheap Jetstar flights to Bali

ryan jet Source: Press Association

The shocking headline head-to-head

flying d


Dinny v Alf

dinny alf Source: YouTube screengrab

This classic Guinness ad…

Source: Vilmos Toth/YouTube

V this awesome Tooheys ad

Source: retrooldcommercials/YouTube

Who will prevail?

O’Connell: Ireland better prepared to face ‘super power’ Australia than last year

No compromise: The players Ireland need to perform Down Under this weekend

Originally published Friday, 16.00

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Sean Farrell

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