WNT to host Australia in international friendly

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WNT to host Australia in international friendly

The Republic of Ireland Women's National Team will host Australia in an International Friendly match on Tuesday, September 21 in Tallaght Stadium.
3rd Sep 2021

This will be the first meeting between the two teams and comes just four days after Vera Pauw's squad kick off their 2023 FIFA World Cup Qualifying campaign away to Georgia.

Currently ranked 11th in the world, Australia finished fourth at the Tokyo Olympics and possess a roster of world-renowned star players such as Sam Kerr, Cailtin Foord and Steph Catley.

The game, which will kick off at 19:00, will be broadcast live on RTÉ2 and will be open to a select number of supporters - dependent on Government recommendations around COVID-19 protocols.

Ireland WNT Manager Vera Pauw said: "We are excited by this opportunity to play against such a top quality opponent in Australia, especially in front of our own supporters who we will welcome back to Tallaght Stadium for the first time in 18 months.

"This game continues our approach to taking on games that will bring the best out in us, following on from our recent friendly games against Denmark, Belgium and Iceland. We learned a lot from those games and will be aiming to do the same against Australia, who are one of the best teams in women's football.

"Our focus is on qualifying for the 2023 FIFA World Cup, so getting to test ourselves against a team like Australia will surely benefit us ahead of playing the top two seeds in our group in October, in Sweden and Finland. We will start, however, away to Georgia and that is where our focus is right now."

Australia will be the 49th different nation that the Ireland Women's Team will have come up against and just the second from the Oceania region - following a draw in a Cyprus Cup match with New Zealand in 2014.

It will be the first WNT home game open to supporters since the win over Greece in March 2020. Ticket details will be confirmed in due course.

International Friendly
Republic of Ireland v Australia
Tuesday, September 21
KO 19:00
LIVE on RTÉ2
Tallaght Stadium
Tickets on sale soon