The Irish Rugby League’s semi-finals against the Republics of Ireland are on the horizon in Cardiff, Wales, and with the country still in the early stages of its Rugby World Cup campaign, the league’s leaders can only look forward to the match.
With only a few weeks left before the semi-races begin, the top four sides in the table (Toulon and the Blues) have a game in hand with the two bottom sides (Gloucester and Munster) on nine points each.
The two sides will meet in Cardiff at the Principality Stadium on Saturday, April 5th.
The match will be broadcast live on BT Sport and BT Sport2.
A game at the Welsh capital would be the first time the two sides have met since a 5-1 defeat at Twickenham in October 2016.
With both sides expected to finish in the top eight, there is no reason why this would not be a special occasion.
However, it is not likely that the Irish Rugby Football Union will play its first home match at the Cardiff Principals Stadium.
A new stadium, built by the Cardiff Rugby Union, was opened in 2015, and the stadium has been a favourite spot for games between the two teams since its completion.
However it will be a different experience for the Irish fans.
There is a possibility that the new stadium could be used for an exhibition match or perhaps even a rugby league game, but there are no details on how that will be conducted.
The Irish Rugby Union will not be able to host a game at Cardiff in 2021, but will have a home game against the French Pro12 side, the Toulon Tigers, in 2019.
The game would be Ireland’s third in Wales, having played there in 2017 and 2018.
The only other games played in Wales were against the Scarlets and the Scarlet Ferns.