Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 14 October 2015

Ulster teams up for historic rugby game at Aviva stadium launch

Published 29/10/2009

Ulster will play their part in helping to raise the curtain at the new Lansdowne Road
Ulster will play their part in helping to raise the curtain at the new Lansdowne Road

Ireland's four provinces will be reduced to just two next year in a special rugby game to open the new national Aviva stadium, it was revealed today.

Ulster will share a jersey with Leinster in a one-off team that will take on a joint Munster and Connacht side to celebrate the launch of the Lansdowne Road arena in Dublin.

The Irish Rugby Football Union confirmed the unique fixture will take place on August 7 next year, four days before the Republic's footballers take on Argentina in a friendly.

Leinster and Ulster were the first representative teams to play in the old Lansdowne Road stadium 133 years ago on December 16, 1876. Coincidentally, both provinces also played the final game — dubbed ‘The Last Stand' — there on New Year's Eve 2006.

The new 50,000-seat stadium will host some of the top teams in world rugby during the Guinness Series in November next year.

Ireland is to play four internationals against World champions South Africa, Samoa, New Zealand and Argentina.

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