Potential Rugby Schedule Raises Hope

Irish Rugby fans, or at least those watching on TV, will be clapping their hands this morning with the story appearing in The Irish Times that Leinster and Munster are scheduled to play each other in the Aviva Stadium on August 22nd.

It may not be so welcomed by the families of players with Gavin Cummiskey suggesting that the players will all be asked to live together in a quarantine environment for a run of two months.

The Heineken Champions Cup clash between Saracens and Leinster will take place, also at the Aviva on September 12th and the final of that tournament, in which Ulster Rugby are also still involved is scheduled for Marseille on a provisional date of October 17th.

The Guinness PRO14 tournament organisers held a regular board meeting yesterday and they still have plans to finish out the 2020 season, according to Commercial Director Dermot Rigley in his interview on Sport for Business last week.

The Irish Times report goes on to suggest that Ireland will play Italy in Dublin on October 3rd and then travel to Paris on October 10th to conclude the 2020 Guinness Six Nations.

There are, of course, an awful lot of contingencies that need to drop just right not only in Ireland but across the continent for the plan to emerge in full but it is a source of hope and optimism that such detailed plans are on the table.


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