With the cancellation of the International Cup in 2021 due to Covid 19, AFL New Zealand will explore alternatives for the 2021 season to ensure the National Teams Programme can continue.
With the AFL now confirming that the 2021 tournament will not go ahead, New Zealand will look to compete with Papua New Guinea and Nauru in a tournament based in Brisbane in August 2021.
Targeting both Men and Women, the international contest will provide quality opposition and a strong challenge for the New Zealand teams.
Papua New Guinea Mosquitos and the New Zealand Falcons have previously appeared in three International Cup Grand Finals all played on the MCG with margins of less than three goals between the teams on each occasion.
AFL New Zealand High Performance Manager Georgina Gatenby was buoyed by the calendar additions.
“The recent growth in women’s competitions within New Zealand can now be complimented by an international event for those who wish to excel with the New Zealand Kahu. The men’s AFL New Zealand Premiership competition will be bolstered by a large number of returning players from overseas locations and so positions within the Falcons will be hotly contested.”.
The AFL International Cup remains an important part of developing the game overseas and mid next year we will review the ability to stage the AFL International Cup on the Sunshine Coast in 2022 or 2023.
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