Teams: Australia & Newcastle United
Can we bring back Origin, please?
Remember the whole reason for scrapping Origin was because clubs and players (except for South Australia) weren't taking it seriously. IR was supposed to give players the chance to represent their country on a whole new level, while potentially spreading the gospel of Aussie Rules internationally.
In 2004, we have what, three All-Australians in the team because just like in the Origin days, the superstars have niggles, injuries and other personal commitments (Tredrea is marrying, Ricciuto is in Nepal) they'd rather attend to during the break. Guys like Brady Rawlings, Mark McVeigh, Andrew Embley, Brad Green, Joel Corey... all decent players, but come on. I could name 50 other players you'd have in an Aussie Rules side before them, let alone IR.
Then there's the actual game of IR itself.
We get what, behind posts, tackling and the mark. They get their field, their ball, their tactics and their soccer-esque goal system - which is absurdly foreign to us. Steven Silvagni and to a lesser extent, Glen Jakovich, did a tremendous job between the sticks in the past - but FFS - Simon Goodwin and Mal Michael have looked like Hills Hoists with no idea.
It's been a novelty, it's been interesting, but if we're not going to get our best possible side on the park and get some more concessions - would it hurt the Irish to try our ball? It worked for Stynes, Wight, Kennelly, et al - then there's just no point anymore.
Either bring back Origin in its place or kill the concept off altogether.