Rugby in Ireland
Rugby matches start again in the Autumn 2017 and are played until the middle of Spring 2018.
Ireland plays host to many games and Dublin’s Aviva Stadium will welcome many International teams such as Australia, New Zealand, Canada, France and England.
It is an extremely popular sport in Ireland after of course hurling and Gaelic football.
There is one National team, governing body (IRFU) and league for both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.
Ireland also has four provincial rugby teams; Leinster, Munster, Connaught and Ulster. Both Leinster and Munster have been crowned champions of Europe on five occasions.
Local and schools rugby is also very big in Ireland and exceptional players on these teams will proceed to the Irish provinces and National team.
Ireland’s National team has won the Six Nations Grand Slam three times. The team has yet to win the World Cup but here at the Sandymount Hotel we have the greatest amount of hope that they will some day!