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Ireland to begin 2018 Six Nations in Paris as fixture list for next two years announced

Joe Schmidt’s side will have three successive home games in the middle of next year’s championship.

Ireland finish their 2018 campaign against England and begin their 2019 championship by hosting the old enemy.
Ireland finish their 2018 campaign against England and begin their 2019 championship by hosting the old enemy.
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THE FIXTURES FOR the 2018 and 2019 Six Nations championships have been announced this morning, with Ireland beginning next year’s campaign against France in Paris.

The 2018 championship will begin on Saturday 3 February and will run over seven weekends before a ‘Super Saturday’ finish on St Patrick’s Day, which includes Ireland’s clash with England at Twickenham.

Joe Schmidt’s side have three successive home games against Italy, Wales and Scotland in between those two away trips to the Stade de France and London.

England will begin their title defence and a tilt for a third straight crown against Italy on Sunday 4 February while France will host Conor O’Shea’s men in the only Friday night encounter of 2018.

The game between France and Italy will take place for the first time ever outside of Paris with a venue to be announced in the next few weeks.

“We are delighted to confirm the fixture dates for the 2018 Championship, coming shortly after a record breaking 2017 edition,” said Six Nations Rugby chairman Pat Whelan.

“We enjoyed record figures across TV and digital and look forward to continuing that trend over the next two seasons.”

The 2019 championship will begin on 1/2 February and Ireland will host England at the Aviva Stadium on the opening weekend.

Schmidt’s men then travel to Murrayfield and Rome before returning to Dublin to face France and a closing day trip to Cardiff.

2018 Six Nations fixtures:

3/4 February

  • Wales v Scotland, Saturday 2.15pm
  • France v Ireland, Saturday 4.45pm
  • Italy v England, Sunday 3.00pm

10/11 February

  • Ireland v Italy, Saturday 2.15pm
  • England v Wales, Saturday 4.45pm
  • Scotland v France, Sunday 3.00pm

23/24 February

  • France v Italy, Friday 8.00pm
  • Ireland v Wales, Saturday 2.15pm
  • Scotland v England, Saturday 4.45pm

10/11 March

  • Ireland v Scotland, Saturday 2.15pm
  • France v England, Saturday 4.45pm
  • Wales v Italy, Sunday 3.00pm

17 March

  • Italy v Scotland, Saturday 12.30pm
  • England v Ireland, Saturday 2.45pm
  • Wales v France, Saturday 5.00pm

2019 Six Nations fixtures:

1/2 February

  • France v Wales, Friday 8.00pm
  • Scotland v Italy, Saturday 2.15pm
  • Ireland v England, Saturday 4.45pm

9/10 February

  • Scotland v Ireland, Saturday 2.15pm
  • Italy v Wales, Saturday 4.45pm
  • England v France, Sunday 3.00pm

23/24 February

  • France v Scotland, Saturday 2.15pm
  • Wales v England, Saturday 4.45pm
  • Italy v Ireland, Sunday 3.00pm

9/10 March

  • Scotland v Wales, Saturday 2.15pm
  • England v Italy, Saturday 4.45pm
  • Ireland v France, Sunday 3.00pm

16 March

  • Italy v France, Saturday 12.30pm
  • Wales v Ireland, Saturday 2.45pm
  • England v Scotland, Saturday 5.00pm

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