The Ireland team bidding to secure a final place at the Olympics in Rugby Sevens will do so in front of a controlled number of fans in Monaco on 19 and 20th June.
Organisers have confirmed that 5,000 fans will be able to watch all the action from the second and third days of competition inside the iconic Stade Louis II, subject to maintenance of the current COVID environment. Fans will be required to wear face masks and respect social distancing.
The boost comes on the day that World Rugby confirmed the match schedule for the competition, which will feature 12 women’s and 10 men’s teams including Ireland.
The Ireland team will play against Zimbabwe at 9:22 local time on Saturday 19th, followed by Mexico at 11:44 and Tonga at 15:24.
Then on Sunday, they will complete the group stage against Samoa at 13:17 and hopefully progress to the semi-finals and the Final which will be completed that evening.
No team will have more than three games in each day, resulting in the two games being organised on Friday evening, accommodating the reduction to 10 teams in the men’s competition. Due to late kick-off times, the two Friday games will be played behind closed doors.
“With Tokyo 2020 less than three months away, the rugby family is looking forward to what promises to be a special sevens tournament that personifies the togetherness, camaraderie and optimism that characterises these remarkable Olympic Games,” said World Rugby CEO Alan Gilpin.
“The Monaco repechage is also symbolic in its own way – a reflection and celebration of sevens international re-emergence from the unprecedented challenges that society and sportspeople have faced. I know that these players are excited to be representing their nations with the opportunity of qualification for the pinnacle of sevens – the Olympic Games.”
“It will be extra special that they get to showcase their skills in front of fans. I would like to thank their Serene Highnesses and the Monegasque Rugby Union for embracing our event and providing the players with the perfect platform to challenge for Tokyo 2020 qualification.”
Online ticketing for the World Rugby Sevens Repechage will open this Friday, 28 May at www.monaco-rugby.com.
From 8 June, rugby fans will also be able to buy tickets directly in Monaco at the ticket offices located at the Stade Louis II entrance.
Tickets will start at €10 per fan per day. Fans travelling to Monaco to watch the action will need to present a negative PCR test, less than 72 hours old, upon their entrance in the Monaco Principality.
Whether fans could justify a trip as ‘essential travel’ would be on their own conscience with European travel arrangements and quarantine meaures likely to change between now and then.
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