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
Ahead of Friday evening's Aviva Premiership fixture away at London Welsh, Head Coach Laurie Fisher told the local media that he feels that Gloucester are making improvements each and every week but that there's still plenty of work to do.
Speaking to GRTV on Monday night, Pete Buxton was thrilled with the spirit shown by the Gloucester United squad as they overturned a twenty-one point deficit in the second half to overcome Bristol Rugby.
Scrum half Callum Braley was a try scorer in Gloucester United's 30-27 win over Bristol United in the Aviva Premiership A League on Monday evening and, after the game, paid tribute to his team mates for hanging in there and fighting back to get the win.
Skipper Billy Twelvetrees admitted that the Gloucester squad were disappointed and frustrated after losing at home to Exeter, regretting that Gloucester's own errors had given the Chiefs the upper hand.