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Ireland to play at Olympic stadium in World Cup

IRISH rugby fans will be travelling to London and Cardiff for the World Cup in 2015.

Today's draw for the pool stages means that supporters will be making a familiar trip across the Irish Sea – although games in Olympic stadium and Wembley will be unchartered territory.

And there was more good news for Joe Schmidt and his new squad as they have avoided any midweek games. This should make it easier for the green army to travel without missing work.

Wales, Scotland, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand will have to handle a short turnaround between matches during the pool phase.



Ireland are the only home nation to be given a pool fixture at the Olympic Stadium, where they will play Italy, and they take on France at the Millennium Stadium.

The team will play their first game of the tournament against a qualifier from the Americas in the Millennium Stadium on Saturday, September 19, 2015.

That will be followed by a game against a European qualifier in Wembley on Sunday, September 27.

From there they move to the Olympic Stadium to play Italy on Sunday, October 4 and the crunch game against France is in Cardiff's Millennium Stadium on October 11.

England will play three of their 2015 Rugby World Cup pool matches at Twickenham, including the opening game against likely Oceania qualifiers Fiji.