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Dublin debut: Andy Farrell
Dublin debut: Andy Farrell

By Cian Tracey

Incoming Ireland head coach Andy Farrell will be hoping it is a case of home comforts when he takes over from Joe Schmidt for next year's Six Nations.

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Farrell will begin his tenure in charge with back-to-back games at the Aviva Stadium as the Englishman looks to hit the ground running in his new job.

Fresh off the back of their World Cup meeting in September, Scotland will be the first side to visit Dublin on February 1 before Ireland get a chance to exact revenge on Grand Slam champions Wales a week later.

Farrell's side will then travel to Twickenham to take on England in what will be Ireland's only Sunday match of the 2020 tournament. Their final home game will be against Italy on March 7 and then they round off the campaign at the Stade de France on March 14 at 8.00pm.

No games for at least the next two years will take place on Friday nights with a move back towards the more traditional Saturday and Sunday.

In 2021, Ireland will begin the Six Nations in Cardiff on February 7, in what will be the first of three clashes on Sunday.

Meanwhile, a report in the French media has linked Ronan O'Gara with a move to France ahead of the World Cup. Patience is running thin with head coach Jacques Brunel, and O'Gara could be hired in a consultancy role.

2020 Six Nations Round 1: Ireland v Scotland, Saturday Feb 1, 4.45pm; Round 2: Ireland v Wales, Saturday Feb 8, 2.15pm; Round 3: England v Ireland, Sunday Feb 23, 3.00pm; Round 4: Ireland v Italy, Saturday Mar 7, 2.15pm; Round 5: France v Ireland, Saturday Mar 14, 8.00pm

2021 Six Nations Round 1: Wales v Ireland, Sunday Feb 7, 3.00pm; Round 2: Ireland v France, Sunday Feb 14, 3.00pm; Round 3: Italy v Ireland, Saturday Feb 27, 2.15pm; Round 4: Scotland v Ireland, Sunday Mar 14, 3.00pm; Round 5: Ireland v England, Saturday Mar 20, 4.45pm.

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