Irish rugby fans were disappointed at the Rugby Union’s cancellation of the three-test series planned for Fiji. The good news is that Ireland will be hosting both Japan and the USA at Aviva stadium in July. At first glance, it may seem that Ireland is set to slaughter these teams, but let’s look more closely at these matches before leaping to conclusions.
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Ireland Vs. Japan July 3
The Irish team is ranked fourth worldwide, and Japan comes tenth, with Ireland winning seven of the last eight matches played between these two teams. No Irish fan can forget the last time these teams met at the 2019 Rugby World Cup. The Brave Blossoms defeated Ireland 19-12 in their group match, forcing Ireland into a quarter-final with New Zealand.
Japan’s coach, Jamie Joseph, called up 19 of the former World Cup players for the 36-man squad that will face the British and Irish Lions on June 26 before the July 3 match in Dublin. The manager plans to keep everything simple, relying on players that have international experience and proven form.
In the backline, Matsushima Kotaro joins the team in Europe from his French club, and we’ll also see former Munster winger Gerhard van den Heever playing in Edinburgh and Dublin. Kazuki Himeno is also joining the team in Europe, returning from a season with the Otago Highlanders.
Although hampered by limited preparation time, Japan’s management sees the tour as an opportunity to further develop Rugby Union in their nation. They hope to repeat or improve their performance at the World Cup and prove that they deserved their place in the quarter-finals.
Andy Farrel also takes these games seriously. The Irish tour to the USA and Japan four years ago proved worthwhile. With eight of his key players called up for the Lions, Farrel may decide to try some up-and-coming players against what should be weaker teams.
We should see some of the players snubbed from the Lion’s selection back to prove a point. We expect Joey Carbery and Garry Ringrose to make the cut, although 35-year-old Johnny Sexton may have to watch from the sidelines. James Ryan in the number five jersey is slated to captain the team.
We also expect to see new caps awarded, and there’s no shortage of talent to choose from in that regard. Munster’s Gavin Coombes would be a top choice for the back row, with Leinster’s number eight Caelan Doris returning to fitness for the matches.
The Irish team seems set to develop into a force that can proceed past the 2023 world cup quarter-finals with all its available talent. The lads will also want revenge for their 2019 defeat at the hands of The Blossoms, which forced them into a quarter-final match with the All-Blacks.
Ireland Vs the USA July 10
The Dublin match will be the Eagles’ second test since the 2019 World Cup, with punters able to judge their form in the July 3 match against England at Twickenham. Although the team hasn’t assembled in almost two years, coach Gary Gould has spent the last year tracking players and identifying new talent.
Although only ranked at number 16, the American team will be eager to prove their mettle and prepare for 2023 world cup qualifiers against up-and-coming teams in the Americas. With rugby gaining momentum on these continents, they’ll have to be on top form to secure a place in France.
The USA and Ireland have played 10 tests against each other, with Ireland emerging victorious each time. The last test between these two nations was at Aviva Stadium, with Ireland winning 57-14. The most significant Irish win was in 2000, with a final score of 83-3.
Although history shows that Ireland is the stronger team in both tests, the players and teams haven’t had much preparation, levelling the playing field slightly. The Brave Blossoms have also proved that they’re capable of delivering a surprise. All three teams will be using these games as essential preparation for Rugby World Cup qualifying matches.
Betting on these matches won’t be as straightforward as we’re used to. Sometimes the best players don’t meld well together as a team. With no recent games to prove these team’s form, choosing how to bet won’t be easy. Still, we’d bet on handicap markets, winning margin or take a punt on the first try–scorer.
Ireland To Take On US Eagles In Las Vegas
Ireland will take on the US Eagles at the Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas on Saturday 30th October 2021. The fixture is in addition to Ireland’s regular November Series of Test matches at the Aviva Stadium in November.
“It’s thrilling to host an international rugby event of this calibre in Las Vegas, and we can’t wait to welcome the teams and their fans to the Sports Capital of the World,” said Steve Hill, LVCVA CEO and president. “Nothing can match the energy and excitement of game day in Las Vegas.
We’re confident the teams and their fans will find the only-in-Vegas experiences they’ve come to expect, from incredible entertainment and dining to outstanding attractions and outdoor adventure.”
“Following an eventful summer, this fixture is exactly the growth we’re excited to see for our Men’s Eagles, with meaningful test matches at home against top nations,” said Ross Young, CEO of USA Rugby. “Allegiant Stadium is a first-class fan experience, and we’re thrilled to partner on this venue’s first-ever rugby match.”
“Matching up with Ireland for a second time this year, particularly on home soil, gives us a lot to look forward to,” said Gary Gold, USA Men’s Head Coach. “Las Vegas has always put a spotlight on rugby, where we’re excited to follow our Rugby World Cup qualification fixtures on such a big stage.”
The game against the US Eagles on 30th October will be the first ever rugby international fixture to be held at the Allegiant Stadium which is the home of NFL franchise the Las Vegas Raiders.
Ireland have been regular visitors to the US in recent years with matches against the Eagles in 2013 and 2017 and two fixtures in Chicago against New Zealand (2016) and Italy (2017).
Andy Farrell, Ireland Head Coach, commented: “Over the past few years we have had some incredible experiences playing in the US. We had two very memorable trips to Chicago which included beating the All Blacks at Soldier Field for the first time in our history and our last fixture against the Eagles in New Jersey was another fantastic rugby experience. We are looking forward to the game in October and to reconnecting with Irish Rugby fans in the US.”
James Ryan, who made his international debut against the US Eagles in New Jersey in 2017 and is Ireland captain for the forthcoming July tests, said: “Anytime we have played in the US we have had tremendous support either travelling from Ireland or Irish Rugby fans based in America.
We have been lucky to experience some great cities and stadia on our recent trips across the Atlantic but Las Vegas will be special and to be the first rugby game to be played at the Allegiant Stadium will just make it an even bigger occasion for players and fans alike.”
Ticket pre-sale starts at 10 AM on Tuesday, June 22 with public on-sale starting at 10 AM PDT on Friday, June 25.
Tickets start from $70 + fees and taxes.
Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.ticketmaster.com/event/17005ACF1BD06533
Tuesday June 22
Las Vegas Raiders PSL Owners
Wednesday June 23 – Thursday June 24
USA Rugby Members & Partner
Irish Rugby Football Union Members & Partners
Allegiant Stadium Partners
MGM Resorts MLife Rewards Members
Las Vegas Convention & Visitor Authority Partner Network
Friday June 25
General public on sale
IRELAND RECENT FIXTURES IN THE UNITED STATES
USA 12 Ireland 15 – BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, June 2013
Ireland 40 New Zealand 29 – Soldier Field, Chicago, November 2016
USA 19 Ireland 55 – Red Bull Arena, New Jersey, June 2017
Ireland 54 Italy 7 – Soldier Field, Chicago, November 2018
Source – Irish Rugby
Irish Rugby Ready to Welcome Supporters Back to the Aviva Stadium
Capacity at the Aviva for the Vodafone Summer Series will be limited to up to 3,000 (5.8% capacity) supporters for the game against Japan on the 3rd July and 6,000 (12% capacity) supporters for the USA fixture on the 10thJuly.
It will be the first time that any supporters will have attended the Aviva Stadium since Ireland’s Guinness Six Nations game against Wales on the 8th February 2020.
In recognition of their contribution to society the IRFU will allocate 300 tickets for the Japan Game to front line workers, while all clubs will be represented by club Presidents, who will be invited guests of IRFU President, Des Kavanagh.
For the USA game an allocation of circa 25% of the reduced capacity will go to rugby clubs via their branch ticket office. Any tickets not taken up by clubs will be reallocated by the branch ticket office. All tickets are priced at €40 for both games
As these are pilot events, the remaining tickets will be allocated, in reduced numbers to players’ partners and family members, long term ticketholders and IRFU sponsors and media partners.
In line with government guidelines supporter safety is a key focus of these reopening pilots. All attendees will be required to adhere to strict COVID safety protocols in order to ensure the success of these events.
Philip Browne, IRFU Chief Executive, commented, “Firstly I would like to thank the government for their approval of these two international rugby fixtures as pilot events. It has been a long time since the Ireland team have played in front of live albeit limited support, at the Aviva Stadium.
These games are initial positive steps on the journey back to hopefully full stadia across the Island. The numbers are small, but I am sure spectators will make themselves heard in cheering on the team. We look to deliver two successful safe events, as our part in the government approved sporting and cultural pilots in the months ahead.
We hope that this programme, if successful will put us all in a strong position to welcome back larger numbers of fans to the Aviva Stadium in the Autumn when we will have three international rugby fixtures including games against New Zealand and Argentina.”
Both July games will be televised live on RTE (ROI) and Channel 4 (NI).
The matches remain subject to ongoing government approval.
Spectator Safety COVID Protocols
To help protect you and your fellow supporters, we ask that you comply fully with the following protocols in relation to COVID spectator safety while attending matches at the Aviva Stadium.
The following COVID protocols are in addition to the normal stadium regulations that operate for all major sporting events at the Aviva Stadium. (see below).
Entry to the stadium constitutes your acceptance of the Spectator Safety COVID Protocols and any breach, in line with Stadium Regulations, may result in ejection from the stadium.
- Download your e-ticket to your phone for contactless entry to stadium.
- It is requested that you download and install the HSE COVID-19 Contact Tracing App.
- Make note of your Stadium entry point in advance and arrive at the advised time.
- Supporters must remain in their assigned seats apart from when using amenities.
- Face coverings must be worn at all times, except when eating or drinking, unless you are under 13.
- Maintain good hand hygiene by availing of hand sanitiser dispensers provided throughout the Stadium.
- Tickets are not transferrable and must be used by the person named on the e-ticket.
In Advance of the Game:
- Do not attend if you are experiencing COVID symptoms or are a close contact of a suspected case .
- It is your responsibility to personally assess your ability to attend if considered a vulnerable person .
- Ensure those attending the match with you have read and understood these guidelines
At the Game:
- Please follow the directions of the stewards and any signage provided.
- Please observe physical distancing at all times and in all parts of the grounds.
- Please proceed to your allocated seating and remain there until exiting unless using amenities .
- Avoid contact with others who are not in your social bubble.
- When moving past others in a seated area, please avoid face to face contact with other spectators.
- If you feel ill, please contact your closest steward for assistance.
Other Points to Note:
- Contact information provided at ticket purchase and seat allocation will be kept for up to 28 days to facilitate contact tracing.
- A free digital programme will be available to download for each game from irishrugby.ie .
- You are advised to bring your own refreshments, as limited refreshment concessions will be in operation for these games, but no alcohol will be on sale.
Please follow all HSE COVID-19 health guidelines
A full list of Spectator Safety COVID Protocols for the Vodafone Summer Series matches will be available on www.irishrugby.ie.
Ireland Vodafone Summer Series 2021 Fixtures
Ireland v Japan
Saturday 3rd July, 2021
Ireland v USA
Saturday 10th July, 2021
Source Irish Rugby
Ireland Squad Confirmed For Vodafone Summer Series
The match against Japan on Saturday 3rd July will kick off at 1.00pm and the fixture against the USA on Saturday 10th July will kick off at 7.15pm.
Both fixtures are part of the government’s outdoor pilot sport event programme which will see limited supporters back in the Aviva Stadium.
James Ryan will captain the squad during the Vodafone Summer Series and there are 11 uncapped players named – Robert Baloucoune, Tom O’Toole, Nick Timoney (Ulster), Caolin Blade, Tom Daly, Paul Boyle (Connacht), Harry Byrne, Peter Dooley, Ross Molony (Leinster), Gavin Coombes, Fineen Wycherley (Munster).
Andy Farrell, Ireland head coach, said, “We now have two games at home to focus on which will be a good challenge for the group. Japan played the Sunwolves at the weekend and will play the Lions the week before we play at the Aviva Stadium and we know the quality of their squad from the World Cup.
We will assemble as a squad on the 22nd June and begin our preparations for the two games.
I know the players will come in eager to make the most of this opportunity to pull on the green jersey and play in front of supporters for at the Aviva Stadium for the first time in 18 months. Johnny (Sexton), Cian (Healy) and Keith (Earls) will not be involved in this window as we grow the experience of other players. It will be a great opportunity to see can this group perform at this level.”
Both games will be broadcast live by RTE (ROI) and Channel 4 (NI).
Ireland Squad – Vodafone Summer Series
Will Addison (Ulster/Enniskillen) 4 caps
Robert Baloucoune (Ulster/Enniskillen) uncapped
Caolin Blade (Connacht/Galwegians) uncapped
Billy Burns (Ulster) 6 caps
Harry Byrne (Leinster/Lansdowne) uncapped
Joey Carbery (Munster/Clontarf) 22 caps
Craig Casey (Munster/Shannon) 1 cap
Andrew Conway (Munster/Garryowen) 24 caps
Shane Daly (Munster/Cork Constitution) 1 cap
Tom Daly (Connacht/Lansdowne) uncapped
Chris Farrell (Munster/Young Munster) 14 caps
Jamison Gibson Park (Leinster) 9 caps
Hugo Keenan (Leinster/UCD) 11 caps
Jordan Larmour (Leinster/St Mary’s College) 29 caps
Stuart McCloskey (Ulster/Bangor) 4 caps
Garry Ringrose (Leinster/UCD) 34 caps
Jacob Stockdale (Ulster/Lurgan) 34 caps
Ryan Baird (Leinster/Dublin University) 3 caps
Finlay Bealham (Connacht/Buccaneers) 14 caps
Paul Boyle (Connacht/Lansdowne) uncapped
Ed Byrne (Leinster/UCD) 4 caps
Gavin Coombes (Munster/Young Munster) uncapped
Ultan Dillane (Connacht/Corinthians) 18 caps
Peter Dooley (Leinster/Lansdowne) uncapped
Caelan Doris (Leinster/UCD) 7 caps
Dave Heffernan (Connacht/Buccaneers) 5 caps
Rob Herring (Ulster/Ballynahinch) 21 caps
Ronan Kelleher (Leinster/Lansdowne) 11 caps
Dave Kilcoyne (Munster/UL Bohemians) 43 caps
Ross Molony (Leinster/UCD) uncapped
Peter O’Mahony (Munster/Cork Constitution) 75 caps
Tom O’Toole (Ulster/Ballynahinch) uncapped
James Ryan (Leinster/UCD) 35 caps
John Ryan (Munster/Cork Constitution) 23 caps
Nick Timoney (Ulster/Banbridge) uncapped
Josh van der Flier (Leinster/UCD) 31 caps
Fineen Wycherley (Munster/Young Munster) uncapped
Selected for British & Irish Lions Tour:
Bundee Aki, Tadhg Beirne, Jack Conan, Tadhg Furlong, Iain Henderson, Robbie Henshaw, Conor Murray, Andrew Porter (inj)
IRELAND v Japan
Saturday 3rd July, 2021
Broadcaster: RTE & Channel 4
IRELAND v USA
Saturday 10th July, 2021
Broadcaster: RTE & Channel 4
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