Republic of Ireland to host Au...


Republic of Ireland to host Australia in Tallaght

Phil Egan
Phil Egan

11:43 3 Sep 2021

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The Republic of Ireland Women's team will host Australia in a friendly at Tallaght Stadium on September 21st (7pm KO).

The FAI has confirmed the two teams will meet for the first time, four days after Vera Pauw's squad kick off their 2023 World Cup Qualifying campaign away to Georgia.

Australia are currently ranked 11th in the world and finished fourth at the Tokyo Olympics recently.

Irish fans will be familiar with some of their star players such as Sam Kerr, Cailtin Foord and Steph Catley.

Ireland 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."

It will be the first home game for Vera Pauw's side with supporters since the win over Greece in March 2020.

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