International rugby returns to Thomond Park with the visit of Fiji to Limerick on Saturday, November 17 as part of the 2012 GUINNESS Series. Details of the coaching team and ticket prices have been announced.
It was announced today that the Ireland XV will be coached by the full Ireland management team with head coach Declan Kidney and assistant coaches Les Kiss, Gert Smal and Mark Tainton taking charge against Fiji.
The ticket packages, also announced today, offer a number of great options for supporters, with prices starting as low as €;7 for a junior ticket, €;15 for a terrace ticket and stand tickets are priced between €;20 and €;30.
The Fijians last played in Ireland in 2009 when a crowd of over 17,000 supporters turned out at the RDS to watch Ireland record a 41-6 victory.
Although the November fixture is an uncapped game, the team will include players from the full Irish squad for the GUINNESS Series that will also be taking on South Africa and Argentina that month.
The game at Thomond Park continues the tradition of bringing international rugby fixtures to provincial venues and Limerick was selected for the Fiji game to fit the expected attendance and recognise the great tradition it holds in the game.
The visit of Fiji will add another country to the list of international teams that have played in Limerick, with Ireland selections figuring prominently in the recent history of Thomond Park.
Ireland star Keith Earls dotted down to score a try on his international debut against Canada in November 2008. The most recent game saw an Ireland XV take on the Barbarians in May 2010 in an uncapped game as part of preparations for the summer tour to New Zealand and Australia.
International touring teams that have also visited Thomond Park have included New Zealand and Australia, whom Munster defeated in 2010.
Commenting on the announcement, Padraig Power, IRFU Director of Commercial and Marketing, said: “The Fiji game gives us the opportunity to move the fixture to an appropriately sized stadium in terms of the anticipated attendance.
“There has been a great history of international games being played at Thomond Park and some fantastic crowds.
“With the Fiji game scheduled as the middle fixture of the GUINNESS Series in November, the supporters can certainly expect a spectacle as the Ireland players take on a Fijian team with all their traditional skills and flair on show.”
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