IRELAND OPEN SESSION THIS THURSDAY | News | Buccaneers Rugby Football Club Athlone

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published:Feb  12   2018

It’s all systems go around Dubarry Park as Buccaneers RFC prepares for the visit of two Ireland squads to the club on this Thursday morning. The Joe Schmidt coached Ireland senior team will take on the Ireland U-20 side (that has Paul O’Connell as forwards coach) in an Open Training Session getting under way at 11 a.m.


Buccaneers RFC is extremely proud to welcome both teams to Athlone during the brief break from their respective Six Nations campaigns. The event gives rugby fans and sports supporters in general a tremendous opportunity to see the international squads go through their paces here in the midlands. There will be an opportunity to get autographs and selfies with the players after the Open Session.  


However, please remember that it is an all ticket event. The free tickets were snapped up in minutes when they became available on Ticketmaster. So, if you do not have a ticket, you will not be allowed in to the ground. Tickets are NOT available from Buccaneers! Turnstiles will be open from 10 a.m.


Due to the anticipated bumper attendance, spectators are asked to come along early and park responsibly. Official cars and buses only will be allowed into the ground, so best perhaps to park a little distance from the stadium and allow some extra minutes to get there in good time. Members willing to volunteer as stewards at the event should contact Pat Hynes at 0876883833 or our Administrator Geraldine at 0861732711.   


Following the serious injury he sustained against Italy, it is unlikely that local hero Robbie Henshaw will be in attendance. It was such a disappointing occurrence for the young Coosan man, already earning his 33rd cap, was in superb form and a strong contender at that stage for the Man of the Match award. All at Buccaneers wish Robbie a full and swift recovery.


However, Ireland still have exciting talents such as Joey Carberry, James Ryan, Jordan Larmour and Dan Leavy in their squad while Sean O’Brien and Garry Ringrose could also be at Dubarry Park as they continue their rehab from injuries.




Tickets for the IRELAND CLUBS v SCOTLAND CLUBS international match, which takes place at Dubarry Park on Friday week, February 23rd, are now on sale at the club or in The Bounty. Stand tickets are €12 each while Terrace tickets cost €10 each per adult. This floodlit match kicks off at 7.30 p.m. Cash will be taken at the turnstiles on the night also.