Wednesday 25 April 2018

Ireland to play a Six Nations game on a Friday night for the first time in 2017 against Wales

Brian O'Driscoll celebrates after Ireland won the Grand Slam by defeating Wales in Cardiff in 2009.
Brian O'Driscoll celebrates after Ireland won the Grand Slam by defeating Wales in Cardiff in 2009.

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.

2016

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

 

2017

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

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