The GAA have confirmed that there will be no International Rules Series again this year but said that they hope to stage the hybrid-code competition with their Australian counterparts in 2020.

Ireland have faced Australia under the combined Gaelic football/AFL rules intermittently since 1984, and in a two-Test aggregate format since '98.

The last Cormac McAnallen Cup series was won by hosts Australia in November 2017. Ireland are due to host the next edition of the rotating event, but the GAA revealed that the option of staging it in the USA had also been considered.

A GAA statement to RTÉ Sport said: "Last November, the GAA President, John Horan, met with representatives of the AFL in Sydney to discuss the future of the International Rules series, with both the GAA and the AFL committed to it continuing.

"There were a number of ideas and options discussed, among them the potential of a game taking place in the US in autumn 2019.

"It wasn't possible to make sufficient progress to fix a date in the calendar of both associations for 2019.

"However, it is hoped that there will be a staging of the International Rules series in 2020 and that a schedule can be agreed to stage the matches over a fixed time period."