19 Dec, 13:17
The Ireland Under-19s, coached by Colin McEntee, took on the Australia Schools side in wet and windy conditions at Ravenhill last Saturday. Check out the highlights on Irish Rugby TV.
The change in venue is due to the condition of the Lansdowne Road pitch which has been compounded by a very dry period during the winter leading to some surface break up and exacerbated by a very late spring growth this year.
Given the level of activity on the pitch and the requirement for pre-match training usage by international rugby and soccer teams, the IRFU has been professionally advised that the pitch would not be able take the level of stress of three games in succession and this has forced the IRFU to move the game.
The IRFU's intention to play all three AIB League finals in Lansdowne Road was always dependent on weather and pitch conditions, and in the eventuality that this was not possible, the Division 3 Final would be moved to an alternate venue.
IRFU Chief Executive Philip Browne said, We realise the importance that players and coaches place on the possibility of playing at Lansdowne Road, but unfortunately the advice given to is that the pitch would not be able to take the strain. Last year we were able to hold all three finals in Lansdowne Road as the conditions allowed us to, but this year we have not been as fortunate.
All supporters who purchase entry to the Division 3 Final in Anglesea Road will be given automatic entry to Lansdowne Road for the Division 1 and 2 finals.