RL Ireland has a new home

Rugby League Ireland have confirmed that the Carlisle Grounds in Bray, Co. Wicklow, is now the official home ground for the national side.

All international and representative games, as well as the All Ireland final, will be held at the stadium, which is Ireland‘s oldest football ground.

The Irish RL hierarchy thinks the move will help to strengthen the presence of our game in Ireland.

“We believe that our move to Bray will do nothing but strengthen Rugby League in Ireland,” said Richard Egan, Director of RLI.

“We really hope to become part of the community in Bray, and with our title sponsors McGettigans, and The Royal Hotel, Bray both being local businesses who are both backing us, we believe that this can become a reality.”

The stadium is set to host Ireland‘s game sgainst Belgium on July 12. The Ireland team, consisting of domestically based players, will be coached by Ireland Students coach Carl de Chenu, himself a Bray man.

“It’s very exciting to bring international rugby league to the Carlisle grounds in my home town, Bray and to be involved as the head coach is a real honour,” he said.

“We’ll be hoping to celebrate the start of a great partnership with a win on July 12th against Belgium and show our potential new fans the great game of rugby league.”

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