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.
Paris has two major airports - Orly to the south and Charles de Gaulle to the north. Charles de Gaulle is one of the busiest airports in the world and both have several scheduled flights to Ireland every day. There is a third, and much smaller, airport in Beauvais (approx. 70km north) which is served by budget and charter airlines.
Paris has six railway stations but the one that rugby fans will probably use is the Gare du Nord, which is the terminus for the Eurostar, Thalys (with services to Holland, Germany and Belgium) and the TGV high speed train.
The Stade de France itself is close to two RER light suburban railway stations which are only several minutes journey time away from the heart of the city. Prices are only a few Euros and services are very regular.
Paris is the most important hub of France's motorway network and is surrounded by three orbital freeways: the Périphérique which follows the approximate path of 19th century fortifications around Paris, the A86 motorway in the inner suburbs, and finally the Francilienne motorway in the outer suburbs. Paris has an extensive road network with over 2000 kilometres of highways and motorways. By road Brussels can be reached in three hours, Frankfurt in 6 hours and Barcelona in 12 hours. We would recommend that you make the journey to the stadium by public transport.