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Squads announced for Aviva Stadium opener
July 18, 2010
The Aviva stadium on its opening day, Aviva Stadium, Dublin, May 14, 2010
The recently-completed Aviva Stadium in Dublin will play host to its first game later this month © IRFU
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  • The provincial squads for the first game to be staged at Dublin's Aviva Stadium have been revealed while it has been announced that 40,000 tickets have been sold for the game.

    The Irish Times reports that no fully contracted players are available for the game as they are involved in pre-season training ahead of a World Cup year. As a result th eplayers on show will come primarily from the academies of all four provinces, with a Munster-Connacht side being readied to face a Ulster-Leinster select side.

    The IRFU had initially planned on selling in the region of just 30,000 tickets for the game on July 31, to allow stadium director Martin Murphy 'test the systems' ahead of the visit of Manchester United and their game against an Airticity League of Ireland selection on August 4. However, having hosted 5,000 fans for the screening of the World Cup final earlier this month, Murphy and IRFU were happy to up the ticket sales to 45,000, just 5,000 below capacity.

    Munster-Connacht: Ronan Barry (Munster), Callum Boland (Connacht), Shane Buckley (Munster), Shane Leydon (Connacht), Luke Cahill (Munster), Aaron Conneely (Connacht), Jack Costigan (Munster), Mark Dolan (Connacht), Johnny Holland (Munster), Daniel Horgan (Munster), Lucas Kunz (Munster), Tadhg Leader Connacht), Eoin McKeon (Connacht), Ian Mullarkey (Munster), Paul Mullen (Munster), Rob O'Herlihy (Munster), Danny Qualter(Connacht), Gareth Quinn-McDonogh (Munster), James Rael (Munster), Ben Sargent (Munster), Aaron Spring (Connacht), Kieran Stokes (Munster), Sean Wooton (Connacht)

    Leinster- Ulster: Andrew Boyle (Leinster), Conor Carey (Ulster), Paddy Carroll (Leinster), Sam Coughlan Murray (Leinster), Peter du Toit (Leinster), Craig Gilroy (Ulster), Ian Henderson (Ulster), Robert Hynes (Leinster), Paddy Jackson (Ulster), Alex Kelly (Leinster), Stephen Lecky (Ulster), Paddy Marks (Ulster), Cathal Marsh (Leinster), Luke Marshall (Ulster), Michael McAuley (Ulster), Mark McGroarty (Leinster), David McGuigan (Ulster), Emmet McMahon (Leinster), Martin Moore (Leinster), Jonny Murphy (Ulster), Conor Spence (Ulster), James Tracy (Leinster)

  • Toulon are set to continue their use of the Stade Velodrome in Marseille this season. The French Top 14 side have staged several high profile clashes at the 60,000 capacity stadium in recent years as opposed to their regular home of Stade Mayol that holds 14,000.

    The league clashes with Top 14 champions Clermont Auvergne on August 21 and Toulouse on April 16 are those fixtures set to be switched to the team's second home. Toulon's most recent appearance at the stadium was their 28-21 European Challenge Cup Final defeat to Cardiff Blues in May.


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