15 home essentials you'll need for the ultimate match day set up

By Lynda Keogh

November 8, 2021 at 4:22pm


Fancy bringing the electricity of Aviva Stadium to your own front room? Here’s how…

Let's face it: on match day, there's no better place to be than right in the centre of the action at Aviva Stadium. While we may not be able to make it to the home of Irish rugby, we can bring Irish rugby into our homes.

While replicating the spine-tingling vibrations of a packed out crowd is next to impossible, creating the ideal match day setup in your very own living room is the next best thing. To make things easier, we’ve put together a list of 15 tips and tricks to kit out your home just in time for kick off.

1. An official IRFU jersey

If you're not sporting a home jersey for the day that's in it, hang your head in shame!

2. A big screen

The bigger, the better and the higher the definition, the greater the excitement. If you've been planning a TV upgrade, there's no time like the present.

3. Switch on 'Do Not Disturb' mode

Whether it's turning off notifications or putting a literal sign on the living room door, you're going to want to keep those non-rugby fans at bay!


4. A sound system 

An all-in-one speaker system that will have your feeling like you're in the centre of Aviva Stadium, a good quality sound system is worth its weight in gold.

5. A takeaway right to your door

It has to be done! Whether it's a tall stack of pizzas or burgers galore, watching a good game of rugby is hungry work.

6. An essential half-time throw around

Having a rugby ball and kicking tee ready to go when the whistle blows guarantee a half-time well spent.

7. Commentary bingo

From 'sin bin' and 'tap & go' to 'crouch, bind, set!', whip yourselves up a couple of bingo sheets filled with all the lingo to help keep things interesting.


8. Whip up some snacks

From crisps and dips to nibbles aplenty, raid your mini fridge to keep hunger at bay. If you need some inspiration, here are 12 ways to use up that mozzarella you've got lying around!

9. Beanbags galore

Planning on hosting a crowd? A beanbag or two always come in handy, so throw a few around ahead of time to save your guests being squished together on the sofa.

10. Some friendly competition

Take note of everyone's predictions before kick off and it might just come in handy when you're deciding who deserves the last slice of pizza!

11. Amp up the Irish pride


Patriotism is at an all-time high when the Irish rugby team take to the pitch, so go all out with cups of tea, Tayto sandwiches and maybe even break out a traditional jig when they score a try!

12. A mini fridge

Keeping your drinks cool in a mini fridge is a sure way to keep spirits high!

13. A playlist of crowd-pleasers

Once the game's over, energy will be at an all-time high. Have some top tunes on standby just in case a dance party breaks out!

14. May the games continue

Whether it's a pack of cards or a stack of board games, a little friendly competition never hurt anyone!

15. Aviva home insurance


The team at Aviva understand that match days can be a little stressful, so give yourself some peace of mind and protect your home with Aviva home insurance. If you buy online now, you can save 15%.

If you fancy seeing it all play out in the flesh, we've teamed up with Aviva to give away ten pairs of tickets to ALL of Ireland’s Autumn International Games. With an incredible thirty pairs of tickets up for grabs, you can be in with a chance to see Ireland v Japan, Ireland v New Zealand, and Ireland v Argentina at the home of Irish Rugby, Aviva Stadium.

To be in with a chance of winning your place at the centre of the action, all you’ve got to do is tell us which game you'd like to attend - it couldn't be easier!

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