Ireland kick off 2011 bid in Rome to get first option
IRELAND will face two Sunday games in next year's Six Nations Championship and will kick off their campaign against Italy in Rome.
The fixture list for the 2011 tournament was released yesterday and the competition opens with Wales hosting England at the Millennium Stadium on the night of Friday, February 4, with Ireland playing Italy in Rome the following afternoon.
The following Sunday, Declan Kidney's side host France before the tournament breaks for a week with Ireland's next game also on a Sunday away to Scotland on February 27. There is another week's break before Ireland face Wales in Cardiff and they finish their campaign at home to England.
It will be Ireland's first Six Nations in the redeveloped Lansdowne Road.
2011 SIX NATIONS Fixtures
(All kick-offs local time)
Fri, Feb 4: Wales v England, Millennium Stadium 7.45
Sat, Feb 5: Italy v Ireland, Stadio Flaminio 3.30; France v Scotland, Stade de France, 6.0.
Sat, Feb 12: England v Italy, Twickenham 2.30; Scotland v Wales, Murrayfield 5.0
Sun, Feb 13: Ireland v France, Aviva Stadium 3.0
Sat, Feb 26: Italy v Wales, Stadio Flaminio 3.30; England v France, Twickenham 5.0
Sun, Feb 27: Scotland v Ireland, Murrayfield 3.0
Sat, Mar 12: Italy v France, Stadio Flaminio 3.30; Wales v Ireland, Millennium Stadium 5.0
Sun, Mar 13: England v Scotland, Twickenham 3.0
Sat, Mar 19: Scotland v Italy, Murrayfield 2.30; Ireland v England, Aviva Stadium 5.0; France v Wales, Stade de France 8.45.
to get first option
Connacht season-ticket holders will get first option to buy tickets for their eagerly awaited Amlin Challenge Cup semi-final against Toulon before they go on general sale at the Magners League game against Munster at the Sportsground next Sunday.
Season-ticket holders will be able to buy tickets _ with a €5 discount on each -- tomorrow and Saturday. Main stand and ground tickets will be on general sale for €30 (€20 concession and €10), with a small number of stand tickets at €40. Tickets are available at Connacht Branch offices at the Sportsground and from Ticketmaster.
irfu announce AIL dates, venues
THE IRFU have announced the dates and venues for the AIB League finals, with the Division 1 decider set for Dubarry Park, Athlone on Saturday, May 8, and the Division 2 and 3 finals scheduled for Anglesea Road in Dublin the evening before.
This weekend will see all the finalists decided with Division 1A table-toppers Cork Constitution hosting fellow Cork side Dolphin at Temple Hill while Division 1B winners Old Belvedere travel to play 1A second-placed side St Mary's. The Division 2 and 3 finals will start at 8.0 and 6.0 respectively.
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