10 Dec, 12:23
Ireland's John Lacey will referee his first ever RBS 6 Nations match in February, while Alain Rolland is also included in the Elite Panel in what is his last season.
Fittingly the last ever rugby match at the old Lansdowne Road will take place on the last day of the year between Leinster and Ulster - the descendants, if you will, of the founders of the IRFU - but from an international perspective, Ireland have played their last game at the old stadium.
Ireland Nil England 1 Try, 2 Goals
Ireland 61 The Pacific Islanders 17
IrishRugby.ie and the Irish Rugby Supporters Club have run a number of events linked to the closure of the stadium and the memories people have of Lansdowne Road. We have compiled links to all those stories and audio clips on this page.
Specially commissioned for IrishRugby.ie, here are some extracts from our recent podcast series featuring the memories of former Ireland stars (click on the links to play the mp3 files, or right click andchoose 'Save Target As' to download the file to your desktop).
|Tony Ward||Download mp3|
|Phil Matthews||Download mp3|
|Ollie Campbell||Download mp3|
A special evening organised by the Irish Rugby Supporters Club with Des Cahill and broadcast on Radio 1 Drivetime Sport; this show features Ciaran Fitzgerald, Tony Ward, Mick Quinn, Victor Costello and Edmund Van Esbeck offering their memories of Lansdowne Road - both professional and personal.
|Lansdowne Road Memories on RTE podcast||Listen Online|
|Ciaran Fitzgerald and Mick Quinn on RTE podcast||Read Transcript|
|Victor Costello and Tony Ward on RTE podcast||Read Transcript|
|Ned Van Esbeck on RTE podcast||Read Transcript|
A special souvenir programme featuring some great moments from the history of Lansdowne Road. It sold out fifteen minutes before the kick-off of the Ireland v Pacific Islanders match. The programme contained some highlights from the history of Lansdowne Road, as compiled by rugby historian Edmund Van Esbeck.