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 the local media this week, Richard Hibbard expressed his excitement ahead of the West Country derby and that there is an extra spring in the step of the Cherry and Whites ahead of the tough challenge.
With such a short turnaround between the two games, and Gloucester looking to reintegrate several players into the line-up after the Autumn international series, Tom Savage told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will keep changes to a minimum for the European Rugby Challenge Cup game in Zebre on Saturday.
Gloucester travel to Italy this weekend to take on Zebre in Round Four of the European Rugby Challenge Cup. The Cherry and Whites defeated the Italian side 35-10 last Sunday, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys is looking for an improved performance in the return fixture.
On a tough evening at Kingsholm, Gloucester could escape neither a suffocating Bath defence, nor the whistle of referee Greg Garner as six penalties and a penalty try paved the way to a 39-16 win for the visitors.
Gloucester Rugby welcome Sione Kalamafoni, Greig Laidlaw and Tom Palmer back to the starting line up and feature David Halaifonua in a matchday squad for the first time, as they resume Aviva Premiership action against Bath Rugby at Kingsholm on Saturday (kick off 5:30pm).