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Fosters Or Guinness?

That was the ultimate question posed to starlet Shane Lowry as he had to make his final choice on who to represent internationally.

Lowry is Perth borne, but represented Eire at U17 and U21 levels, winning two caps for the U21 side, but has recently decided that his allegiance will lie with Australia as he progresses his career.

Rules state that a player can change their mind up until the age of 21, so long as they haven't represented the full national side, so Lowry was well within his rights to make this decision, and the Football Association of Ireland have said they harbour no ill will to the player after his decision.

Speaking to SSN, a FAI spokesperson said:

'The decision is entirely up to the player.

'Players have gone the other way in the past and declared for us. So it's a case that we've benefited from it in the past.'

Unfortunately I can't find any direct quotes from Lowry on the issue but no doubt I'll find some eventually.

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Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday September 13 2009

Time: 8:33PM

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lol, only you could think of a title like that! Superb!
The Fear
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13/09/2009 20:38:00

lol, only you could think of a title like that! Superb!
The Fear
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13/09/2009 20:38:00

Well it was either that or 'Lowry doesn't give a 4 X for Eire' but I thought that might send the wrong message lol
mike_field
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13/09/2009 20:46:00

Well it was either that or 'Lowry doesn't give a 4 X for Eire' but I thought that might send the wrong message lol
mike_field
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13/09/2009 20:46:00

Well the FAI have poached so many non Irish we cant really complain that he wants to play for the country he's from.
Pking
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13/09/2009 22:12:00

Well the FAI have poached so many non Irish we cant really complain that he wants to play for the country he's from.
Pking
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13/09/2009 22:12:00

Shame we Irish miss out on the prospect of Lowry forging a club & country partnership with Dunner, he looks a good prospect.
Madirish
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13/09/2009 23:07:00

Shame we Irish miss out on the prospect of Lowry forging a club & country partnership with Dunner, he looks a good prospect.
Madirish
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13/09/2009 23:07:00

yay
AussieVilla
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14/09/2009 05:58:00

yay
AussieVilla
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14/09/2009 05:58:00

The reason I suspect is that now that the Aussies are in the asian groups to qualify for the world cup he thinks he has a better chance of playing in the world cup in years to come. When in the oceana groups, Oz always had to play off against someone difficult. Europe is now even more competetive and the big stars of the Irish team are long gone.
dannyvellow
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14/09/2009 06:01:00

The reason I suspect is that now that the Aussies are in the asian groups to qualify for the world cup he thinks he has a better chance of playing in the world cup in years to come. When in the oceana groups, Oz always had to play off against someone difficult. Europe is now even more competetive and the big stars of the Irish team are long gone.
dannyvellow
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14/09/2009 06:01:00

too right dannyvellow
AussieVilla
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14/09/2009 11:32:00

too right dannyvellow
AussieVilla
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14/09/2009 11:32:00

Big stars of the Irish team are long gone? Have none of you heard of Zinedene Kilbane?
Pking
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14/09/2009 22:46:00

Big stars of the Irish team are long gone? Have none of you heard of Zinedene Kilbane?
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