IRELAND will take on the Barbarians at Thomond Park, on Thursday May 28 2015 (7.45pm) in a glamour fixture.
The fixture forms part of the Barbarians’ summer tour, which also features a game against England at Twickenham on Sunday, May 31.
Ireland lost to the Baa-Baas 29-23 at Limerick’s Thomond Park in their previous meeting on Shannonside in 2010.
2015 marks the 125th anniversary of Barbarian rugby making its summer Tour fixtures against Ireland and England even more significant.
The Barbarians side will be packed with leading international stars with further player and team announcements in the New Year. The Club also anticipate a number of in-form Munster players will be invited to join their squad which will be of further interest to the local fans.
Tickets for the meeting of Ireland and the Barbarians go on general sale this Thursday, November 27 from midday, priced from €30 (Terrace) to €55 (Stand Cat A) and family terrace packs at €50 are available from www.ticketmaster.ie and all usual outlets including Thomond Park Stadium, or by phoning the Ticketmaster hotline on 0818 719 300. (Booking fees apply).
IRFU President Louis Magee said: “This promises to be a truly memorable occasion as both the IRFU and Munster welcome the Barbarians back to Ireland again. The celebrated Barbarians brand of rugby will bring an entertaining game to Thomond Park and one which I am sure Ireland and Rugby fans will look forward to seeing.”
The Barbarians also recently took part in an epic encounter against the Wallabies in front of a 55,000 crowd at Twickenham and will look forward to the challenge of playing at the Limerick venue and experiencing the atmosphere at a packed Thomond Park.
Thomond Park Stadium Director John Cantwell said: “We are delighted to have secured another prestigious Ireland v Barbarians event, as it further enhances the reputation of Thomond Park Stadium as an international class venue. We look forward to hosting the fixture again after such a successful and unique sell-out event in 2010, when Munster players lined out for both squads.
“The event will also deliver significant economic benefits to local businesses and provide further exposure in helping promote the region as a tourist destination.”
Barbarian President Micky Steele-Bodger said: “We are absolutely delighted to be invited back to Ireland where we have so many friends in the game. Over the years Irish rugby folk have done the Barbarians proud, both as players and administrators.
“To be visiting Thomond Park for a second time is an added attraction and honour for us. Back in 1991 we were in Munster to help Cork Constitution celebrate their centenary and we have enjoyed similar anniversary matches with Old Wesley, Wanderers and Clontarf in Dublin.
“The prospect of playing Ireland in Limerick is something we shall look forward to tremendously and will provide a fitting start to our 2015 summer tour and 125th Anniversary celebrations.”