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The IRFU has announced they will be taking part in the government’s outdoor pilot sporting event program for two matches this summer
The Irish rugby team will play two test matches in Aviva Stadium, first against Japan on 3rd July and then the USA on 10th July.
They will allow almost a six percent attendance at the Japan match of 3,000 spectators. The following week they will allow 6,000 fans in the stadium at 12 percent of the venue’s capacity.
Three hundred tickets have been allocated for front-line workers for their match against Japan. The remaining tickets have been allocated to representatives of all Irish clubs.
IRFU Chief Executive Philip Browne said:
“Firstly, I would like to thank the government for their approval of these two international rugby fixtures as pilot events. It has been a long time since the Ireland team have played in front of live albeit limited support, at the Aviva Stadium.”
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These will be Ireland’s first international to have attendance in Aviva stadium since the Six Nations in February 2020.
Irish rugby clubs will be allocated 25 percent of the tickets for the USA match. Any remaining tickets that are not snatched up by clubs will be sold for €40 by the branch ticket office.
In the stadium, spectators will have to follow all Covid19 protocols such as social distancing and mask-wearing.
“We hope that this program if successful will put us all in a strong position to welcome back larger numbers of fans to the Aviva Stadium in the Autumn when we will have three international rugby fixtures including games against New Zealand and Argentina,” added Mr. Browne.
RTE will also televise both matches for those of us at home.