Ireland Women to play Six Nations finale at Kingspan Stadium in 2022

Ireland Women to play Six Nations finale at Kingspan Stadium in 2022

8 months ago

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The IRFU has confirmed that Ireland’s Senior Women’s team will play their final 2022 Six Nations home fixture at Kingspan Stadium on 30 April (KO 8pm).

The Women’s Senior International team will play their three home fixtures of the 2022 Six Nations in Belfast, Dublin and Cork.

Ireland Women, under incoming Head Coach Greg McWilliams, will get their 2022 campaign underway against Wales on 26th March (kick-off 4.45pm) at the RDS in Dublin, where almost 3,000 fans supported the team during their recent Autumn Test win over Japan.

Ireland will then travel to France for Round 2 on 2nd April, before their second home game of the 2022 Championship, against Italy, is played at Munster Rugby's Musgrave Park on 10th April (kick-off 5pm). The Cork venue has been successfully hosting the Ireland Under-20s since 2019.

The penultimate weekend sees Ireland travel to play England on Sunday 24th April (kick-off 12pm), before the final home game of the 2022 Six Nations, against Scotland, is staged at Ulster Rugby's Kingspan Stadium on 30th April (kick-off 8pm). This will be the first senior international to be played at the Belfast venue since the 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup final.

Ulster Rugby CEO, Jonny Petrie, said:

“We are really pleased to secure one of the Women’s Six Nations home fixtures for Kingspan Stadium, and the good news comes off a really positive and successful Autumn Series for the Ireland Women’s team, in which our own Neve Jones and Kathryn Dane both featured.

"The fixture is part of a broader plan for the Women and Girls’ game here in the province through which we’re looking to put in place greater support around our structures and programmes – both in terms of how we can better support the elite Deloitte Ulster Women’s squad, as well as continuing to grow and drive participation in the province.

“It’s really encouraging that we will have a high-profile platform for the Women’s game in the province, and I look forward to a great event here in April of next year.”

IRFU CEO, Philip Browne said,

“We are delighted to announce that it will be even easier for fans around the county to support our women's team in the 2022 Six Nations as we look at increasing the accessibility, profile, and interest in our women’s rugby team across the country.

"Support for the team has grown strongly as they moved from Ashbourne, to Energia Park and the RDS and we hope that by bringing the team closer to the provincial clubs that are developing women's and girl's rugby, we can encourage even more female involvement, at all levels.

"The three provincial venues deliver topflight facilities and playing surfaces that will allow for the best of international women's rugby, and we are optimistic that our 2022 Six Nations will be one of the best supported campaigns ever."

Ticket information to follow.

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