Republic of Ireland to host Latvia in November friendly

Game to take place the night before Ireland v Australia rugby clash

John Aldridge scores a penalty against Latvia during the European Championship qualifier against Latvia at Lansdowne Road in October 1995. Photograph:  Inpho

John Aldridge scores a penalty against Latvia during the European Championship qualifier against Latvia at Lansdowne Road in October 1995. Photograph: Inpho

Thu, Oct 31, 2013, 13:48

The Republic of Ireland will take on Latvia in next month’s home friendly international at the Aviva Stadium on Friday, November 15th (7.45pm).

The Baltic nation stepped in after Slovenia turned down an offer for the fixture. Ireland will travel to Poznan to take on Poland on November 19th to complete their schedule for 2013.

The Latvia game takes place the night before Ireland take on Australia at the stadium as part of the autumn series of rugby internationals. That game is scheduled to start at 5.45pm on November 16th.

It’s 18 years since Ireland have faced Latvia, having met in back-to-back qualifying games for the 1994 World Cup in the United States and Euro ’96 in England.

The last meeting came at Lansdowne Road on October 11th 1995, when two goals from John Aldridge helped Jack Charlton’s side to a 2-1 victory.

Tickets for the Latvia game start at €20 for adults and €10 for children, with a family ticket for two adults and two children priced at €50.

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