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Here Are All The Dates And Times For Ireland's Rugby World Cup Campaign

By James Fenton

September 7, 2019 at 10:51am

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Anticipation is building ahead of the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan and fans across the country will be hoping to go where no other Irish team has gone before. The semi-finals.

Yep, despite appearing at all eight previous editions of the RWC, Ireland has never gotten over the quarter-final hurdle, most recently losing to Argentina at that very stage in 2015.

Since winning the Grand Slam in 2018, results have been shaky to say the least, sparking fears that head coach Joe Schmidt had his side peaking a little bit too soon ahead of the biggest tournament of them all.

However, placed in a group that certainly seems winnable, Ireland should be able to negotiate their way through to the last eight once more. There, they would likely be faced with the challenge of meeting South Africa, or potentially New Zealand, with either country sure to provide a stern test.

If you're planning on taking in all the games, take note that they're pretty much all early kick-offs. If you're not heading to the Far East, you can start planning your World Cup schedule by taking note of Ireland's fixtures below.

Sunday September 22

Ireland v Scotland 8.45am

Saturday September 28

Japan v Ireland 8.15am

Thursday October 3

Ireland v Russia 11.15am

Saturday October 12

Ireland v Samoa 11.45am

Should Ireland make it all the way, you might want to keep the weekends of October 19/20 and 26/27 free for the quarter-finals and semi-finals respectively, while the final is due to take place on Saturday November 2 at 9am.

Bring it home, lads.

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