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The IRFU have published a summary roadmap for a return to rugby for its member clubs

The IRFU have published a summary roadmap for a return to rugby for its member clubs

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The IRFU have published a summary roadmap for a return to rugby for its member clubs

The Aviva is ready to host behind closed doors games as soon as it is given permission, according to Stadium Director Martin Murphy, who revealed plans are in place to sterilise the pitch using a special spray in order to make it safe for play.

Murphy outlined the steps the stadium has already taken to be ready, with soccer looking set to be the first sport to return on July 20. 

Rugby hopes to follow in August and the venue could host a series of interprovincial matches before regular competition resumes.

The FAI is hoping to stage a competition between the League of Ireland's four European qualifiers at the venue from July 20, while the IRFU are planning on hosting an interpro championship in August.

Both organisations are meeting government officials today to understand the next steps. But Murphy says the Aviva Stadium, which celebrated its 10th anniversary yesterday, is ready to host matches behind closed doors as soon as it is allowed to do so. 

"We've collaborated with the IRFU and the FAI to come up with protocols that deal with all aspects of it in great detail," said Murphy.

"The idea is that we would be able to present this plan to government having properly researched it to allow government make a decision with the confidence that games can go ahead."