London Irish have advised that public transport is the best way to travel to the Madejski Stadium! Shuttle buses will run from Reading Station from 13.00, continuing until 22.30 after the match. Leave the car at home and enjoy the Craic and a few pints of Guinness!
Car parking at Madejski on the 26th will be by permit only. Seasonal permits are valid, or to buy a match-day pass (£5) please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your address and credit card details by midday on Tuesday, 22 March.
Coach parking will also be by prior arrangement only, again please contact Kelly for a pass. There will be alternative car parking at the Foster Wheeler building (at Shire Hall), with shuttle buses running back to the Stadium.
The England vs. Northern Ireland football match (3pm KO) will be shown on TVs in all the concourse bars. However, spectators are only allowed to pass through the turnstiles once, so after you have gone through the turnstiles to enter the concourse bars and seated bowl, you will not be able to exit the stadium again to rejoin the Irish village until the end of the match.
The Windsor Lounge will be closed to all except hospitality guests. There will also be no access between the Conference Centre reception and the downstairs Hotel Bar. The Megastore will close at 8pm.
Schedule of events:
13.00 - Opens
14.00 - Le Chéile
15.00 - Utter Madness
Closed throughout match
19.00 - The Commitments
Followed by Le Chéile and DJ
22.00 - Closes
22.30 - Final bus leaves Stadium
15.30 - Turnstiles open
16.15 - Mini rugby match
17.00 - London Irish vs. Gloucester
Half time - Dunlop Munnelly Academy of Irish Dance
Speaking to GRTV after the 40-29 Aviva A League win over Wasps Rugby, Academy Coach Rich Whiffin explained his pride in the squad to overcome a strong opponent and book their spot in next week's Aviva A League final.
Willi Heinz returned from injury to skipper Gloucester to a famous 16-14 win over Stade Rochelais on Saturday evening. Speaking after the game in France, Heinz admitted the win wasn't pretty but was full of courage and a great result for the club.
Billy Burns contributed all Gloucester's points in the 16-14 European Rugby Challenge Cup win in La Rochelle on Saturday evening, but dedicated the victory to the whole squad whilst also praising the travelling support.
Speaking after Gloucester's brave 16-14 win against Stade Rochelais which clinches a European Rugby Challenge Cup final spot, Director of Rugby David Humphreys paid tribute to the way the team had executed the game plan in a hostile environment against quality opposition.
Greig Laidlaw returns to the Gloucester Rugby squad this week, and his inclusion is an important one after a serious ankle injury. The Scottish scrum half is determined to drive the team forward in their European Rugby Challenge Cup semi final in La Rochelle this Saturday.
Gloucester take on La Rochelle in the European Rugby Challenge Cup semi-final in France on Saturday evening, with the Top 14 side the favourites in the eyes of the bookmakers. However, David Humphreys is looking for his side to rise to the occasion against a familiar opponent.
Speaking to GRTV after Saturday's 39-30 Aviva Premiership win over Sale, Mark Atkinson admitted that the performance wasn't perfect but that the team's character shone through in a game that could easily have slipped away.
Scotland scrum-half Greig Laidlaw is targeting a 'unique' finish to his Gloucester tenure in the European Rugby Challenge Cup final at the venue where his professional playing career began, BT Murrayfield Stadium (Friday 12 May).
Gloucester's young United side once again dug deep to take an illustrious scalp, overturning a half-time deficit to earn a 40-29 victory over Wasps and earn a place in the Aviva Premiership A League final.