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 email@example.com 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
Previewing Friday evening's local derby at Bristol, Interim Head Coach Jonny Bell told the local media that Gloucester's preparations have gone well and that the whole squad is united in trying to finish the season on a high.
Speaking to GRTV this week, Acting Head Coach Jonny Bell spoke of his pleasure in the efforts and intensity in training from the squad after a tricky few weeks. The team were preparing for big games with Bristol and Cardiff in coming weeks.
Willi Heinz was understandably and visibly disappointed when he spoke to GRTV after the 27-30 home defeat to Harlequins, apologising to the home support as the game slipped away after seemingly having the game under control.
Speaking to the local media this week, Scottish centre Matt Scott spoke of the squad's determination to put in a big home performance against Harlequins, with vital points up for grabs in the hunt for a Top Six spot this Saturday (KO 3pm)
Looking ahead to Saturday's Aviva Premiership fixture at home to Harlequins (kick off 3pm), Head Coach Laurie Fisher told the local media that Gloucester will need to be on top of their game in a match which has big implications in terms of top six ambitions.
A big few days for the Gloucester-Hartpury Women side. First came the news that the team will compete in Women's Super Rugby next season, and on Saturday the team will play Worcester Ladies IIs at Kingsholm. Centre Hannah Jones and wing Michelle Ruddock spoke to GRTV this week to reflect on events.
Missing so many starters, and up against a team fighting for their Premiership existence, Gloucester did what had to be done at Ashton Gate on Friday evening battling their way to a 32-14 Aviva Premiership win over Bristol Rugby.