Leinster Rugby to play home games at Croker

April 19, 2024

Croke Park before the All-Ireland Ladies Senior and Intermediate Club Football Championship Finals ©INPHO/Ken Sutton

Leinster Rugby have announced that they will play some of their home games at Croke Park next season.

The Aviva Stadium will also be used while regenerative works are carried out at the RDS. The news comes as Croke Park prepares to host Leinster’s Champions Cup semi-final against Northampton Saints on May 5.

"This a hugely exciting update for everyone associated with Leinster Rugby and we look forward to supporting the RDS in its ambition to regenerate," Leinster Rugby CEO Shane Nolan said in a statement.

"We are very fortunate to be able to relocate to Aviva Stadium, a stadium that we are very familiar with as an organisation and as a supporter base, and where we have enjoyed many brilliant days together.

"Last Saturday’s win (against La Rochelle) was another one to add to a long list of great days.

"I’d like to put on record my appreciation and indeed the Leinster Rugby Branch’s appreciation to the Boards of the RDS, the IRFU, the FAI and the Aviva Stadium for all their help in facilitating this move and indeed to the GAA for their help in securing Croke Park for a number of games next season.

"It will be a season like no other, of that there will be no doubt, and while we acknowledge that there will be some inconvenience in any stadium move, we are also very excited to bring a full season of Leinster Rugby matches to venues of the quality of the Aviva Stadium and Croke Park, two of the finest stadia in Europe."

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