Irish Rugby Fans

Real Rugby Heritage

Croke Park

Ireland is proud of its special place in international rugby history.

More than 140 years after it staged its first international match, Ireland promises to make new history for the game in 2023.

Our Rugby Heritage

1854 – Dublin University Football Club founded – 2nd oldest rugby club in the world

1874 – Irish Rugby Union founded

1878
– Lansdowne Road hosts first international match – oldest rugby stadium in the world.

1886
– International Rugby Board founded by Scotland, Wales and Ireland.

1948 – Ireland win the Grand Slam

1974 – Centenary celebrations

1982 – Ireland win the Triple Crown

1987 – Ireland participate in the first Rugby World Cup

1991 – Ireland plays host to pool matches and a quarter final of the Rugby World Cup

2007 – Ireland play in Croke Park for the first time

2009 – Ireland win the Grand Slam

2012 – Leinster & Ulster set a European Cup Final attendance record in Twickenham

2015 – Ireland fans help to set a Rugby World Cup attendance record in Wembley

2017 – Ireland to host the Women’s Rugby World Cup