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Ireland to tour the country as Women's Six Nations keeps spring window

Ireland are to play their 2022 Women's Six Nations in Dublin, Cork and Belfast.  It's been confi...

Ireland are to play their 2022 Women's Six Nations in Dublin, Cork and Belfast. 

It's been confirmed that - along with the tournament keeping its solo spring window - Greg McWilliams' side will tour the regions.

Their campaign begins on March 26 at the RDS against Wales, before a trip to France the following week. 

On April 10, Ireland will play Italy at Musgrave Park - the senior side's first ever game at the venue.

Ireland are away to England on April 24, before completing their campaign against Scotland at Kingspan Stadium. 

2022 Womens Six Nations fixtures.

The Scotland game will be the first senior international to be played at the Belfast venue since the 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup final.

Ulster CEO Jonny Petrie welcomed the news, saying, "The fixture is part of a broader plan for the Women and Girls’ game here in the province through which we’re looking to put in place greater support around our structures and programmes – both in terms of how we can better support the elite Deloitte Ulster Women’s squad, as well as continuing to grow and drive participation in the province.

“It’s really encouraging that we will have a high-profile platform for the Women’s game in the province, and I look forward to a great event here in April of next year.”

IRFU CEO Philip Browne added, "We are delighted to announce that it will be even easier for fans around the county to support our women's team in the 2022 Six Nations as we look at increasing the accessibility, profile, and interest in our women’s rugby team across the country.

"Support for the team has grown strongly as they moved from Ashbourne, to Energia Park and the RDS and we hope that by bringing the team closer to the provincial clubs that are developing women's and girl's rugby, we can encourage even more female involvement, at all levels.

"The three provincial venues deliver topflight facilities and playing surfaces that will allow for the best of international women's rugby, and we are optimistic that our 2022 Six Nations will be one of the best supported campaigns ever."

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