The Irish Rugby Football Union have announced that Donnybrook Stadium will host the home fixtures of the Irish U20s and Women’s XV teams for the 2016 RBS Six Nations.

The U20s team, who return to Donnybrook having played England there during the 2015 championship, will open their 2016 campaign at home to Wales under the lights on Friday 5th February.

The visit of the Welsh women on Saturday 6th February will be the first time the Irish women’s team play at the venue, as they move from Ashbourne RFC, where they have played since 2009.

Ticket information will be confirmed by the IRFU closer to the championship.

Announcing the venues IRFU Performance Director, David Nucifora, said: “The playing surface at Donnybrook Stadium is one of the best in the country and should allow both teams to play great rugby.  Having watched the U20s there in 2015 I was really impressed with the stadium and believe that it will bring something extra to the women’s game also.”
 
Commenting on their move from Ashbourne to Donnybrook Women’s Captain, Niamh Briggs, said, “The move to a bigger venue is fantastic for the development of the game but we will of course miss Ashbourne where we have always been made so welcome and were so well looked after.  We are delighted to have left on the high of a championship win and hope that all the supporters that followed our journey will join us for the next steps in the development of our game at Donnybrook.”

2016 RBS SIX NATIONS HOME INTERNATIONALS

WALES
Friday 5 February 2016 – Ireland U20’s v Wales U20’s ko 7.35pm
Saturday 6 February – Ireland Women v Wales Women ko 1.00pm
 
ITALY
Friday 11 March 2016 – Ireland U20’s v Italy U20’s ko 7.35pm
Sunday 13 March – Ireland Women v Italy Women ko 1.00pm
 
SCOTLAND
Friday 18 March 2016 – Ireland U20’s v Scotland U20’s ko 7.35pm
Sunday 20 March – Ireland Women v Scotland Women ko 1.00pm