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Coverage of International Rules and AFL Draft

(Update: 11/25/14: Fox Soccer Plus has added live coverage of the AFL Draft to its schedule. See our TV Schedule page for details. Update: 11/27/14 12:10 AM EST: FSP has the draft listed on their schedules 24 hrs later than we believe it actually takes place. We are not sure what they will air.) For US fans, there will be live coverage of the International Rules match between the AFL and the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA). Coverage of Australia v Ireland will begin at 4:30 AM US EST from Perth on Saturday November 22nd. Both Fox Soccer Plus and WatchAFL will carry the match live. (See our TV Schedule page for the full schedule with times and repeats.) WatchAFL coverage will cost US$10 and also includes coverage of the AFL Draft on November 27th (3:00 AM US EDT Thanksgiving Day). At this time only WatchAFL will be available in Canada and Mexico. For those listening via internet radio, all of the major Melbourne sports stations will have some coverage of the draft. Only SEN will provide full live coverage of both events from Australia. There will also be internet radio coverage via RTÉ 1 from Ireland.
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New Faces For 2009

Team changes, rookies and the rest

The preseason draft was held on December 16, 2008. It represented the last chance for players to enter or -re-enter AFL ranks for 2009. The biggest story of the day was former Eagle Ben Cousins being picked up by the Richmond Tigers. Players and fans welcomed him with open arms and Cousins promised to repay their faith. He told a massive throng of reporters that he was clean and that his drug rehabilitation was progressing well.

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Draft and Other News

Changes of all off season sorts

In early November, Shane Crawford announced his retirement. Crawford, 34, had been considering his decision for some weeks before informing Coach Alistair Clarkson and football manager Mark Evans. Crawford suffered from knee tendinitis for much of this past season, but was recently cleared by medical staff to play on in 2009 and had agreed in principle to a new contract.

In making his announcement, Crawford said he had achieved everything he had set out to do in his career and that the 2008 premiership was the highlight. He also said ending his career on such a high was the way to leave the game. He thanked the club for their support and said he was proud to have been a one-club player and would look back on his career with fond memories.

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