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Ireland set for May date against Baa-Baas

Ireland will return to Gloucester’s Kingsholm Stadium to take on the Barbarians next summer, it was announced today.

Ireland's Andrew Trimble tackles David Smith during last year's game at Thomond Park. The Barbarians won 29-23.
Ireland's Andrew Trimble tackles David Smith during last year's game at Thomond Park. The Barbarians won 29-23.
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DECLAN KIDNEY’S IRELAND will return to Gloucester’s Kingsholm Stadium to take on the Barbarians next summer .

The test on 29 May 2012 was announced this morning as part of a three-game Home Nations tour which will see the Baa-Baas also take on England and Wales within the space of seven days.

Ireland and the Barbarians last met at Kingsholm in May 2008 when Ireland ran in five tries in a 39-14 win.

The Baa-Baas had their revenge last June in Thomond Park when Philippe Saint-André managed the touring side to a 29-23 win at the famous home of Munster Rugby.

Mike Burton, Barbarians’ commercial director, welcomed this morning’s announcement.

Gloucester’s Kingsholm ground is a great venue to showcase the history of the Barbarians. Gloucester Rugby have previously hosted this fixture against Ireland and it was something the rugby public really got behind and supported – we are delighted to be back at this rugby hotbed again.

Tickets priced £43-£15 for adults and £10-£5 for children are available now on gloucesterrugby.co.uk.

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