Scots first up for Irish
IRELAND will open their World Cup warm-up schedule in Murrayfield next year, with a match against Scotland in the Edinburgh stadium scheduled for August 6, 2011.
The clash against the Scots is the first of four warm-up matches to be played on successive weekends. Declan Kidney's men will then face back-to-back matches against France before meeting England at the Aviva Stadium in their final encounter ahead of the Ireland squad's departure for New Zealand.
RWC 2011 -- Ireland's warm-up fixtures: Saturday, August 6, 2011: Scotland v Ireland, Murrayfield. Saturday, August 13:
France v Ireland, venue TBC;
Saturday, August 20:
Ireland v France, Aviva Stadium;
Saturday, August 27:
Ireland v England, Aviva Stadium.