Kangaroos descend on Thomond Park

Colm Kinsella

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Colm Kinsella

Cathal O'Reilly, official Limerick fan representative for the Rugby League World Cup, pictured in Thomond Park, which hosts the Rugby League World Cup Pool A meeting of Ireland and Australia this Saturday night (8pm)
IRELAND Head Coach Mark Aston says his side will be looking to ‘put on a show’ in Saturday’s glamour Rugby League World Cup pool fixture with pre-tournament favourites Australia at Thomond Park (8pm).

IRELAND Head Coach Mark Aston says his side will be looking to ‘put on a show’ in Saturday’s glamour Rugby League World Cup pool fixture with pre-tournament favourites Australia at Thomond Park (8pm).

Ireland’s hopes of making it through to the quarter-finals of the tournament may have ended with their earlier defeats to Fiji and England, but coach Aston insists the squad is excited about the prospect of looking horns with the 9-time World Cup winners.

Aston said: “We’re excited for this weekend. It’s not often you play against the best team in the world in a great stadium like Thomond Park.

“It’s a special occasion and we will be looking to put on a show for the fans who come out to watch us play.”

Ireland will look to bounce back from their 42-0 defeat to England in front of a sell-out 24,375 crowd in Huddersfield on Saturday.

The Ireland rugby league side will hold an opening training session on the all-weather rugby pitch at UL this Thursday (November 7), between 11am and 1pm. Members of the public are invited to attend the session where they will have an opportunity to meet the players.

Tickets for Saturday’s night’s clash at Thomond Park are available from ticketmaster.ie as well as Thomond Park and Gleeson Sports Scene. Match tickets range in price from €15-€30. Tickets will also be available at the match venue on the day of the game.

Limerick beat off stiff competition from rival applications across Europe to stage a pool match in the 14-nation Rugby League World Cup tournament.

Each of the bidding hosts underwent a detailed inspection to examine the various sites venue specifications, as well as evaluating the enthusiasm and commitment of each bidding host. A total of 34 bids, comprising 30 stadia, 47 team training sites and 87 team base camps, were submitted to the RFL with 18 venues ultimately chosen to stage matches during the tournament.

Thomond Park staged its first rugby league match ever in November 2011 when a crowd of 3,000 saw Ireland beaten 16-34 by France.

Upwards of half a million people are expected to watch the 28 Rugby League World Cup matches live over six-weeks, with a further 20 million TV viewers tuning in around the world.