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Thomond Park Stadium
Thomond Park to Host Second Football International
3 March 2009, 4:11 pm
By Mark O'Connell
Details were announced today of a second football international to be played at Thomond Park Stadium. The Republic of Ireland will face South Africa in a friendly on Tuesday, September 8. The Limerick venue will welcome Australia in August for the inaugural football international in the redeveloped stadium.
Undefeated in their World Cup qualifying campaign, the Republic of Ireland are currently joint top of Group 8 with World Cup holders Italy. The Bafana-Bafana will provide a useful test for Giovanni Trapattoni's side and are likely to call on players such as Blackburn Rovers stars, Benni McCarthy and Aaron Mokena and Everton midfielder, Steven Pienaar.

The friendly will provide important preparation for the Republic of Ireland's race to qualify for South Africa ahead of the closing Group 8 World Cup qualifiers against Italy and Montenegro in October.

Thomond Park Stadium Director, John Cantwell said 'we are delighted to announce the second fixture with the FAI and particularly pleased that they would consider Thomond Park to host two senior international games over such a short space of time. The South Africa international will take place at a time when the rugby season will be back in full flow demonstrating the flexibility of the stadium and how versatile we have to be in catering for such a broad range of events.'

Ticket, kick off time and event information will be made available closer to the match date on both www.fai.ie and www.thomondpark.ie. Ticket prices will start from €25 for adults and an allocation of tickets will be made available to schoolboy clubs at the normal friendly match price of €7 per ticket.

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