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Breaking: GAA agrees to review rule changes after pre-season competitions following meeting with GPA

GPA CEO Paul Flynn met with GAA president John Horan yesterday to discuss the impact of the forthcoming rule changes

THE GPA appear to have won an early battle on the controversial rule changes for Gaelic football after the GAA agreed to review them after the pre-season competitions.

The five rules, which include a limit on the number of consecutive handpasses to three -  which was heavily opposed by GPA members – had been set for an elongated trial across next year’s National Leagues.

The changes will also see a sin-bin punishment replace the current black card directive, with sideline kicks also banned from being kicked backwards and kickouts now taken from the 20-metre line rather than the 13'.

There’s also a proposed extension of the mark that would mean all clean catches inside the 45’ from a kick that’s travelled at least 20 metres would be effectively be rewarded with a free.

But while that may still happen, a joint statement released by the GPA on behalf of themselves and the GPA confirmed that the rules would be reviewed at the next Central Council meeting on January 19, ahead of the Leagues.

This follows a meeting earlier today between GAA president, John Horan and GPA Chief Executive, Paul Flynn.

“The GAA and GPA can confirm that a meeting took place in Croke Park earlier today that included GAA President John Horan and GPA CEO Paul Flynn,” read the joint statement.

“The meeting was held at the request of the GPA to seek further clarification on the process for the introduction of the trial playing rules in Gaelic Football.

“It was noted that the initial part of the rules experimentation will take place in the upcoming Provincial Pre-Season competitions.

“The GAA confirmed that there will be an opportunity at the next scheduled meeting of Ard Chomhairle on January 19 to review the proposals ahead of the Allianz Leagues.

“The GPA have agreed to continue to liaise with the Standing Committee on the Playing Rules between now and January.”

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