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Rugby World Cup Kick-Off Times Announced

Rugby World Cup Kick-Off Times Announced

Rugby World Cup 2011 (RWC 2011) today marked another milestone with the announcement of kick-off times for rugby’s most prestigious event. The announcement comes after the opening of applications for individual match tickets as fans around the globe look to book their place at the world’s third largest sporting event.

Eden Park, the venue for the inaugural Rugby World Cup final in 1987, will herald a nationwide six-week celebration of world class rugby and REAL New Zealand Festival events when it hosts the Opening Ceremony on Friday, September 9 starting at approximately 7.45pm.

The opening match of the 2011 Rugby World Cup between New Zealand and Tonga will kick-off at 8.30pm.

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The tournament will culminate in Auckland at the redeveloped Eden Park with the semi-finals and final. The kick-off time for these matches was confirmed at 9pm when the match schedule was announced in March 2009.

Ireland face a varied range of kick-off times in their Pool C games, including a trip to Eden Park for the second game of the pool against Australia with an 8.30 pm kick-off.

Ireland’s first game of the tournament will kick-off against the USA at 6pm with the game against Russia, in Rotorua, a week later at the same time.

Ireland’s final Pool C fixture kicks off at 8.30 pm against Italy in Dunedin.

From a supporters’ point of view that means some early morning starts to watch their team on TV back in Ireland.


Sunday, September 11 –

IRELAND v USA, Stadium Taranaki, New Plymouth, 6pm local time/7am Irish time

Saturday, September 17 –

Australia v IRELAND, Eden Park, Auckland, 8.30pm local time/9.30am Irish time

Sunday, September 25 –

IRELAND v Russia, Rotorua International Stadium, Rotorua, 6pm local time/6am Irish time

Sunday, October 2 –

IRELAND v Italy, Dunedin, 8.30pm local time/8.30am Irish time

Related Links –

2011 Rugby World Cup Matches (With Kick-Off Times)

Second Launch Of Rugby World Cup Tickets

Ireland’s Bases Confirmed For 2011 World Cup