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