Ireland to play a Six Nations game on a Friday night for the first time in 2017 against Wales
Friday night rugby is here to stay after the fixtures for the 2016 and 2017 RBS 6 Nations were announced.
The 2015 tournament kicks off on Friday when Wales host England and the Millennium Stadium will again play host to Friday night rugby in the next two tournaments.
France will visit Cardiff on Friday, February 26, 2016 and a year later Ireland are the visitors, on Friday, March 10, 2016, organisers announced on Wednesday.
The opening match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup at Twickenham, between England and Fiji, is also scheduled for a Friday night, September 18, 2015, but at present only Cardiff is scheduled to host Six Nations Friday night rugby.
Matches between teams alternate annually on a home and away basis, so in 2016 England will host Wales on the tournament's penultimate weekend, with the match taking place on Saturday, March 12.
The opening weekend of the 2016 tournament, the first to follow the 2015 Rugby World Cup, takes place on February 6 and 7, 2016 and features a Calcutta Cup match at Murrayfield between Scotland and England.
The pick of the matches on the final weekend sees England travel to France on March 19. All three matches on the concluding weekend take place on the same Saturday.
The 2017 tournament begins with France visiting Twickenham on Saturday, February 4, 2017, and Wales host England the following weekend, Saturday, February 11, 2017.
The concluding weekend, Saturday, March 18, 2017, sees Scotland play Italy in what has perennially been a Wooden Spoon decider, before Wales play France in Paris and England travel to Dublin to take on Ireland.
06/02/2016 14:25 France v Italy Stade de France
06/02/2016 16:50 Scotland v England Murrayfield
07/02/2016 15:00 Ireland v Wales Aviva Stadium
13/02/2016 14:25 France France v Ireland Stade de France
13/02/2016 16:50 Wales v Scotland Millennium Stadium
14/02/2016 14:00 Italy v England Stadio Olimpico
26/02/2016 20:05 Wales v France Millennium Stadium
27/02/2016 14:25 Italy v Scotland Stadio Olimpico
27/02/2016 16:50 England v Ireland Twickenham
12/03/2016 13:30 Ireland v Italy Aviva Stadium
12/03/2016 16:00 England v Wales Twickenham
13/03/2016 15:00 Scotland v France Murrayfield
19/03/2016 14:30 Wales v Italy Millennium Stadium
19/03/2016 17:00 Ireland v Scotland Aviva Stadium
19/03/2016 20:00 France v England Stade de France
04/02/2017 14:25 Scotland v Ireland Murrayfield
04/02/2017 16:50 England v France Twickenham Stadium
05/02/2017 14:00 Italy v Wales Stadio Olimpico
11/02/2017 14:25 Italy v Ireland Stadio Olimpico
11/02/2017 16:50 Wales v England MiIllennium Stadium
12/02/2017 15:00 France v Scotland Stade de France
25/02/2017 14:25 Scotland v Wales Murrayfield
25/02/2017 16:50 Ireland v France Aviva Stadium
26/02/2017 15:00 England v Italy Twickenham Stadium
10/03/2017 20:05 Wales v Ireland MiIllennium Stadium
11/03/2017 13:30 Italy v France Stadio Olimpico
11/03/2017 16:00 England v Scotland Twickenham Stadium
18/03/2017 12:30 Scotland v Italy Murrayfield
18/03/2017 14:45 France v Wales Stade de France
18/03/2017 17:00 Ireland v England Aviva Stadium