Why Ireland’s O’Connell Park is in the best position to host an NRL match
An Irish rugby league ground is the perfect venue for an NRL grand final.
An O’Donnell Stadium has hosted rugby league matches for the last two seasons and the future of the venue is also up in the air after the NRL announced plans to move the 2018 grand final to the St George Illawarra.
The O’Dea Park grand final is scheduled to be played on Saturday, March 15 at 7.30pm, but the venue has already been earmarked as the site for the 2017 NRL grand finals.
The Irish Rugby Union has been given permission to use the ground for the event but it has been reported the move could have an impact on the final in the short term.
Rugby league grand finals are held at the St Joseph’s Park in Dublin but the O’Donoghue Stadium has been used for a number of matches in the past.
O’Donaghue has hosted the Ospreys rugby union grand final in recent years, as well as the Rugby League World Cup, the European Cup, World Cup semi-finals and other major competitions.
The ground has hosted NRL grand trials in the last five years, and has hosted other major sporting events including the Australian and New Zealand Rugby League grand finals, the Rugby World Cup finals and the Six Nations.