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Ireland v Italy match set to be switched to Dublin

Ireland v Italy match set to be switched to Dublin

The Women’s Six Nations match between Italy and Ireland is set to be played in Dublin with Italy to give up home advantage in order to ensure the fixture goes ahead.

Originally scheduled for Stadio Lanfranchi in Parma, the match will now be played at Energia Park (Donnybrook) in Dublin with Italy travelling to Ireland to fulfil the fixture. The kick-off time (12 noon Irish Time / 1300 CET) is unchanged.

The change has been made as the Ireland Women’s team would not have been able to fulfil the current requirement to isolate for 14 days on their return from Italy.

Six Nations Rugby CEO Ben Morel said: “We wish to really thank the Italian Federation and the Italian Women’s team for accommodating this significant change to their plans by travelling to Ireland instead of playing at home.

“Both Italy and Ireland have played some fantastic rugby already in this competition. We’re looking forward to a great match and a brilliant start to Finals Day.”

The match will be recorded as a home fixture for Ireland, including for World Rugby ranking calculation purposes.