Ireland’s October 4th rugby World Cup qualifying match up against Italy will be played at Olympic Stadium in London while the 3 other Pool D games will be played at Millenium and Wembley. The Irish will play their first Pool D game at Millenium against a representative from the Americas, second at Wembley facing an opponent from Europe, third at Olympic against Italy, then back to Millenium for the last qualifier against France.
The Irish Times has reported that the winner who emerges from the Americas section, likely the US or Canada, will face Ireland on September 19th at Millenium Stadium in Wales.
Ireland will next play against another European qualifier At Wembley Stadium in London on September 27th. Romania and Georgia could be likely opponents as they currently hold the top spots in European qualification rankings.
The Irish will stay in London for the following matchup against Italy on October 4th at Olympic. The Irish will hope to redeem this years March 16th first ever Six Nation’s loss to the Italians.
Ireland’s last Pool D game will be back in Wales on October 11th against France. The French and Irish will certainly come to play as their last game in March saw no winner, finishing in a draw.
Winning or finishing second in Pool D will advance the Irish to a quarterfinal game, both of which would be played in Millenium Stadium. Pool D finalist will play against those in Pool C, which includes the 2011 champions, New Zealand.