Ireland to play World Cup game against Italy at Olympic Stadium

Millennium Stadium and Wembley to host other Pool D games

Ireland will play their World Cup Pool D game against Italy at the Olympic Stadium in London on Sunday October 4th, 2015. Photograph:  Anna Gowthorpe/PA

Ireland will play their World Cup Pool D game against Italy at the Olympic Stadium in London on Sunday October 4th, 2015. Photograph: Anna Gowthorpe/PA

Thu, May 2, 2013, 12:25

Ireland will take on Italy at the Olympic Stadium in London as one of four pool games played at the venue during the 2015 World Cup.

The game against the Italians is scheduled for Sunday October 4th, with Ireland’s four games in Pool D all taking place on weekend dates.

Ireland open with a a game against the top qualifier from the Americas section at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday September 19th, with the USA and Canada set to battle it out for top spot in that qualifier.

Wembley will host the meeting between Ireland and the second qualifier from Europe before the game against Italy on October 4th. Georgia and Romania currently top the European qualifying rankings.

Ireland will return to Cardiff for the the big Pool D clash against France at the Millennium Stadium on Sunday October 11th.

Qualification from Pool D as winner or runner-up would see Ireland staying in Cardiff for a quarter-final clash against a side from Group C, which includes defending champions New Zealand and Argentina. Both semi-finals and the final will take place at Twickenham.

Cardiff will have a capacity of just over 74,000 for the tournament, while Wembley will be the biggest of the 13 stadia being used for the tournament, with a 90,000 capacity. The Olympic Stadium will hold 54,000 spectators for the tournament.

England will play three of their pool matches at Twickenham, including the opening game against likely Oceania qualifiers Fiji.

Stuart Lancaster’s men will also take on Wales and Australia at their traditional home before heading north to play the final Pool A qualifier at Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium.

Wales will play their games against the two qualifiers at the Millennium Stadium but their pivotal fixtures against England and Australia will both be at Twickenham.

Scotland open with a midweek game but will be close to home when they take on South Africa and Samoa, with the fixtures scheduled for Newcastle’s St James’ Park.

New Zealand open the defence of their title against Argentina at Wembley.

2015 RUGBY WORLD CUP FIXTURES

Fri Sep 18 – Pool A: England v Oceania 1, Twickenham Stadium
Sat Sep 19 – Pool C:
Tonga v Europe 1, Kingsholm Stadium
Sat Sep 19 – Pool D:
IRELAND v Americas 1, Millennium Stadium
Sat Sep 19 – Pool B:
South Africa v Asia 1, Brighton Community Stadium
Sat Sep 19 – Pool D:
France v Italy, Twickenham Stadium
Sun Sep 20 – Pool B:
Samoa v Americas 2, Brighton Community Stadium
Sun Sep 20 – Pool C:
New Zealand v Argentina, Wembley Stadium
Sun Sep 20 – Pool A:
Wales v Play-off winner, Millennium Stadium
Wed Sep 23 – Pool B:
Scotland v Asia 1, Kingsholm Stadium
Wed Sep 23 – Pool A:
Australia v Oceania 1, Millennium Stadium
Wed Sep 23 – Pool D:
France v Europe 2, Olympic Stadium
Thu Sep 24 – Pool C:
New Zealand v Africa 1, Olympic Stadium
Fri Sep 25 – Pool C:
Argentina v Europe 1, Kingsholm Stadium
Sat Sep 26 – Pool D:
Italy v Americas 1, Elland Road
Sat Sep 26 – Pool B:
South Africa v Samoa, Villa Park
Sat Sep 26 – Pool A:
England v Wales, Twickenham Stadium
Sun Sep 27 – Pool A:
Australia v Play-off winner, Villa Park
Sun Sep 27 – Pool B:
Scotland v Americas 2, Elland Road
Sun Sep 27 – Pool D: IRELAND v Europe 2, Wembley Stadium

Tue Sep 29 – Pool C:
Tonga v Africa 1, Sandy Park
Thu Oct 1 – Pool D:
France v Americas 1, stadiummk
Thu Oct 1 – Pool A:
Wales v Oceania 1, Millennium Stadium
Fri Oct 2 – Pool C:
New Zealand v Europe 1, Millennium Stadium
Sat Oct 3 – Pool B:
Samoa v Asia 1, stadiummk
Sat Oct 3 – Pool B:
South Africa v Scotland, St James’ Park
Sat Oct 3 – Pool A:
England v Australia, Twickenham Stadium
Sun Oct 4 – Pool C:
Argentina v Tonga, Leicester City Stadium
Sun Oct 4 – Pool D: IRELAND v Italy, Olympic Stadium

Tue Oct 6 – Pool D:
Americas 1 v Europe 2, Leicester City Stadium
Tue Oct 6 – Pool A:
Oceania 1 v Play-off winner, stadiummk
Wed Oct 7 – Pool C:
Africa 1 v Europe 1, Sandy Park
Wed Oct 7 – Pool B:
South Africa v Americas 2, Olympic Stadium
Fri Oct 9 – Pool C:
New Zealand v Tonga, St James’ Park
Sat Oct 10 – Pool B:
Samoa v Scotland, St James’ Park
Sat Oct 10 – Pool A:
Australia v Wales, Twickenham Stadium
Sat Oct 10 – Pool A:
England v Play-off winner, Manchester City Stadium
Sun Oct 11 – Pool D:
Italy v Europe 2, Sandy Park
Sun Oct 11 – Pool B:
Americas 2 v Asia 1, Kingsholm Stadium
Sun Oct 11 – Pool C:
Argentina v Africa 1, Leicester City Stadium
Sun Oct 11 – Pool D: France v IRELAND, Millennium Stadium

Sat Oct 17 – Quarter-Final 1:
Winner Pool C v Runner-Up Pool D , Millennium
Stadium
Sat Oct 17 – Quarter-Final 2:
Winner Pool B v Runner-Up Pool A, Twickenham Stadium
Sun Oct 18 – Quarter-Final 3:
Winner Pool D v Runner-Up Pool C, Millennium Stadium
Sun Oct 18 – Quarter-Final 4:
Winner Pool A v Runner-Up Pool B, Twickenham Stadium
Sat Oct 24 – Semi-Final 1:
Winner QF1 v W QF2 Twickenham Stadium
Sun Oct 25 – Semi-Final 2:
Winner QF3 v W QF4 Twickenham Stadium
Fri Oct 30 – Bronze Final:
Olympic Stadium
Sat Oct 31 – Final:
Twickenham Stadium