Sunday 20 October 2019

Irish Independent Park set for season of rugby action

Cork's Irish Independent Park will host four of Munster's 10 home PRO14 games this season. Photo: SPORTSFILE
Cork's Irish Independent Park will host four of Munster's 10 home PRO14 games this season. Photo: SPORTSFILE

Declan Rooney

Cork's Irish Independent Park will host four of Munster's 10 home PRO14 games this season, while also being the base of the Ireland U-20 team for their Six Nations campaign.

The first competitive Munster game to be held there this season will be the first game following the team's two-week trip to South Africa, with Ospreys providing the opposition on Leeside on Friday, October 25.

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A month later, on Friday, November 29, Edinburgh will line out at Irish Independent Park while the Isuzu Southern Kings will visit Cork on Friday, February 14, before a repeat of last season's PRO14 quarter-final against Benetton Rugby takes place on Friday, March 27.

Following their Grand Slam-winning season earlier this year, the Ireland U-20s will also make Irish Independent Park their home, with all three of their home games being played in the Cork venue.

England and France got a taste of the venue's atmosphere in 2019, while Scotland, Italy and Wales will be the visitors there this year, with their respective games taking place on three Friday evenings: January 31, February 7 and March 6.

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