Leinster Schools v Australia Schools – Donnybrook Wednesday 11th December 7pm

Updated: December 2, 2013

This December rugby fans will get the opportunity to witness the next generation of Irish and provincial stars in action with six top underage representative fixtures scheduled for the festive season.

Leinster Schools get things underway under-lights at Donnybrook on Wednesday 11th December as they take on Australia Schools.  Tickets for this match can be purchased on the Leinster Rugby website and are priced at €10 for adults and €5 for schoolchildren.  A family ticket for two adults and two children is available for €25.

Three days later, on Saturday 14th December, Ireland U19 line out against Australia Schools at Ravenhill.  Ireland U19 last played Australia at this age grade in 2009 winning the first fixture 15-0 in CIT, Cork before losing the second match a week later 31-14 in Belfield, Dublin.

The Ravenhill clash gets underway at 2.30pm and tickets are available from the Ulster Rugby website.  Adult tickets range from £9 – £20 while child tickets start at £5. A 15% savings is available on family tickets (2 adults + 2 children) and ticket season holders can avail of a 10% discount.

On the 17th December, Australia Schools play the final match of their UK & Ireland Tour as they take on Munster Schools in Thomond Park.  This fixture kicks-off at 5.00pm and tickets are available at the gate.  Tickets are priced at €3 for 16s and under, €5 for students and OAPs and €7 for adults.

Ireland U20s have two warm-up fixtures in December against the Leinster and Ulster Development squads ahead of their opening 6 Nations fixture against Scotland on Friday 31stJanuary, 2014.  Ireland U20 face Leinster on Thursday 19th December in Donnybrook and play Ulster on Saturday 28th December in Armagh RFC.  There are no entry fees for the U20s warm-up fixtures.

The cream of the U18 club and schools system finish off the month of top underage rugby as they face off in Ashbourne on Monday 30th December at 12.30.  There is no entry fee for this fixture.


Leinster Schools v Australia Schools
Wednesday 11th December, Donnybrook, 19.00

Ireland U19 v Australia Schools
Saturday 14th December, Ravenhill, 14.30

Munster Schools v Australia Schools
Tuesday 17th December, Thomond Park, 17.00

Ireland U20 v Leinster Development Squad
Thursday 19th December, Donnybrook, 13.00

Ireland U20 v Ulster Development Squad
Saturday 28th December, Armagh RFC, 12.30

Ireland U18 Clubs v Ireland U18 Schools
Monday 30th December, Ashbourne, 12.30


One Comment

  1. John B. Reid

    12/13/2013 at 11:13 pm

    Leinster Schools’ 27-17 victory over Australia Schools in this match last Wednesday evening was a wonderful triumph, and it was a privilege to attend this game. For the province of Leinster’s schools to beat the combined forces of all of Australia’s schools shows the promise of Irish rugby and that Irish rugby players have always had the natural ability; it was just a matter of extinguishing our self-imposed inferiority complex. It is also a reminder to some of these young Leinster (and future Ireland) players that when they face some of these Australians in the future, at professional level, they have nothing to fear and they will know that they should beat them.

    This victory adds nicely and promisingly to Blackrock and St Michael’s recent victories over South Africa’s Dr E.G. Jansen School, and Blackrock College’s historic victory over New Zealand’s formidable Palmerston North School. If these young players can beat the best of the southern hemisphere at schools level, there is absolutely no reason why they cannot proceed to do it at professional level.

    It is also worth mentioning that it was Terenure College’s Tim Schmidt (son of Ireland head coach, Joe) who really turned this game around for Leinster. Schmidt’s passing is exemplary and it was his passing and running which finally brought the Leinster backs (and some of the forwards!) into the game after being 14 points to 3 down at half-time (Tim Schmidt was a substitute who was brought onto the field shortly after half-time).

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