Ireland to play Northern Ireland and Poland in Autumn friendlies

The Republic of Ireland are set to play Northern Ireland in a friendly this November, it has been announced this afternoon.

The match will be played in Dublin's Aviva Stadium on November 15. It will mark the first games played between the two countries since May 2011.

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill with Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill

The game falls on a UEFA Nations League match day but neither country is scheduled for a competitive fixture.

The Republic of Ireland will play away to Denmark the following Monday, November 19 while Northern Ireland host Austria the previous day, November 18.

Northern Ireland Manager Michael O’Neill said: “UEFA have made it mandatory that we play a friendly on that date and when we looked at the options across Europe, travelling to Dublin to play the Republic of Ireland made a lot of sense.

"It means that we can stay on the island for the week, train in our usual environment and play a game that will be a good test for us ahead of the Austria match.

“Both countries qualified for UEFA EURO 2016 and both narrowly missed out on qualification for Russia, so it will be an evenly matched and hard-fought contest.

"From a personal point of view I am looking forward to managing a team against Martin, a manager who I hugely respect and admire."

Ahead of the clash against Northern Ireland, the boys in green will face Poland in an away friendly on September 11.

Details of the venue and kick-off have not yet been confirmed.

This will be the 28th meeting between Ireland and Poland and will take place just five days after Ireland kick off their UEFA Nations League campaign away to Wales on September 6.

Tickets for the friendli will go on sale later in the year.

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