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 after the 37-8 European Rugby Challenge Cup win over Benetton Treviso, James Hook admitted that the Italian side made things tough for Gloucester at times but that the Cherry and Whites are happy to take the bonus point win and turn their focus to Northampton next week.
Speaking to GRTV after the game, Backs Coach Tim Taylor was happy with the squad as they cruised to victory over Treviso. The result wasn't in doubt, but the Cherry and Whites laboured to secure a crucial try bonus point.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester Rugby centre Matt Scott is excited to take the field again as the Cherry and Whites look to build on the win in Bayonne when Treviso come to Kingsholm this Saturday.
Defence Coach Jonny Bell admitted this week that the European Rugby Challenge Cup victory in Bayonne was a welcome one, stressed that Benetton Treviso will pose a tough test on Saturday at Kingsholm but that Gloucester are determined to deliver in front of their own fans.
Motu Matu'u is looking to make up for lost time this week as the Cherry and Whites head to Basque Country to take on Bayonne in the European Rugby Challenge Cup opener. The Samoan hooker made his first appearance in the jersey last weekend, and is hoping to contribute to the team this weekend.
Gloucester's attentions turn to Europe this weekend as they travel to Bayonne for their opening fixture of this season's European Rugby Challenge Cup. Forwards Coach Trevor Woodman told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will be aiming to top their pool as they've done for the past two seasons, but is well aware of how tough it is to win in France.
Although understandably disappointed at seeing victory slip away at the last minute, Ben Morgan said after the game at Exeter that there were plenty of positives that Gloucester could take from the game.
Gloucester made it two wins from two outings in this season's European Rugby Challenge Cup as they outplayed Benetton Treviso at Kingsholm to win by 37 points to 8, the bonus point try coming with the final play of the game.