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Wales vs Ireland
02 February, 2013
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales
Wales have been given the chance to kick off the 2013 tournament against Ireland in a re-run of the game that decided the 2009 Grand Slam.
Situated in Cardiff, the Millennium Stadium is the home of the Wales national rugby union team as well as playing host to many other large scale events.
It was built with the purpose of hosting the 1999 Rugby World Cup. It has the first retractable roof in the UK, with a seating capacity of nearly 75,000.
The stadium, with its central location is an ideal springboard for exploring the city. Nearby Cardiff Castle presides and the recently regenerated Cardiff Bay offers some stunning architecture and cultrual events. The nearby countryside village hosts the impressive ruins of Beaupre Castle.
Wales earned a narrow 23-21 victory over Ireland at the start of the 2012 campaign with Leigh Halfpenny kicking a last-minute penalty to secure the victory.