Ulster Rugby in discussions with Ulster GAA to play a game in GAA ground

Ulster Rugby in discussions with Ulster GAA to play a game in GAA ground

Ulster Rugby has engaged in discussions with Ulster GAA regarding the possibility of holding a pre-season match at a GAA stadium,

Due to ongoing redevelopment work on the playing surface at Kingspan Stadium, Ulster GAA is actively searching for suitable alternative venues for the games.

Ulster Rugby have never previously participated in a match held at a GAA ground.

Among the potential venues being considered are the Athletic Grounds in Armagh, Healy Park in Omagh, and Celtic Park in Derry.

Approval from the Gaelic Athletic Association's Central Council is required for this to happen. BBC Sport indicate a strong likelihood of such a proposal would recieve favorable support.

The GAA's Rule 42 would previously have prohibited a rugby match being played at a GAA venue, but that rule was altered in 2005.

The Ireland rugby team and the Republic of Ireland football team then used Croke Park, the GAA's Dublin headquarters, for home matches while the Aviva Stadium was being redeveloped.

Ulster's Kingspan Stadium hosted a charity GAA football match, featuring a number of All-Ireland winners, in 2014.

Ulster Rugby is currently in the process of finalising their pre-season schedule and the Irish province are determining the various locations for these matches.

Times, dates and venues for Ulster Rugby’s pre-season games are yet to be finalised

Ulster start their URC campaign away to Zebre Parma on October 21.