Thursday, May 29, 2014

Dancing to the Same June

Specsavers
 
DATE TIME MATCH COMPETITION VENUE TV
Mon Jun 2 6:35AM UNDER 20S V FRANCE JWRC QBE Stadium, Auckland TG4
Fri Jun 6 6:35AM UNDER 20S V WALES JWRC ECOLight Stadium, Pukekohe TG4
Sat Jun 7 7:40PM ARGENTINA V IRELAND FIRST TEST Estadio Centenario (Resistencia) SKY
Tue Jun 10 2:35AM UNDER 20S V FIJI JWRC QBE Stadium, Auckland TG4
Fri Jun 13 2PM EMERGING IRELAND V RUSSIA IRB NATIONS CUP Stadionul National Arcul de Triumf, Bucharest TBD
Sat Jun 14 7:40PM ARGENTINA V IRELAND SECOND TEST Estadio Monumental Presidente Jose Fierro, Tucumán SKY
Sun Jun 15 TBD UNDER 20S PLAYOFF JWRC TBD TG4
Wed Jun 18 2PM EMERGING IRELAND V URUGUAY IRB NATIONS CUP Stadionul National Arcul de Triumf, Bucharest TBD
Fri Jun 20 TBD UNDER 20S PLAYOFF JWRC TBD TG4
Sun Jun 22 5PM EMERGING IRELAND V ROMANIA IRB NATIONS CUP Stadionul National Arcul de Triumf, Bucharest TBD

All times Irish.  TBD = to be determined

HoR pro logo blueHopefully we’re all prepared for the media onslaught which is about to befall us as the soccer World Cup appears on the radar. 

Personally I’m not one of those rugby fans who detests the round ball game; I will be taking in a contest or two as the tournament progresses, but definitely not at the expense of the egg-chasing on offer throughout the month of June, and there’s plenty for Ireland fans to take in.

So as we get ready to receive a barrage of world Cup wallcharts from the various media sources, I have compiled an online version specifically for Irish rugby fans so we can keep tabs on the various teams travelling to very different corners of the globe throughout the month of June.

Of course there are many other intriguing test series going on at the same time, like England in New Zealand, France in Oz and Wales in South Africa, but I’m mainly interested in how the Irish set up comes out of the month with a view to preparation for our own version of the World Cup in 2015.

I will also be able to give my opinion on Joe Schmidt’s first 217 days in the job, one I promised to give in this post back in November.

There will be many a tear shed this Saturday at the RDS as two Leinster & Ireland legends retire, but they will be the first to point out that life will go on afterwards and as if to prove the point, the Under 20s open their campaign down in New Zealand just a couple of days later.

So set your calendars folks, there’s much intriguing rugby to come! JLP

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