Ireland set Twickers challenge
By Ben Blackmore. Last Updated: 17/07/07 2:08pm
Ireland will have to win the Grand Slam at Twickenham if they are to finally complete a Six Nations whitewash next year.
Eddie O'Sullivan's men came within a minute of winning the Grand Slam this year, but Vincent Clerc's try at Croke Park destroyed those hopes.
The tournament's organisers have now released the 2008 fixture schedule on Thursday, and the new schedule sees Ireland travel to England on the final day.
They begin their campaign at home to Italy before playing their other away fixture - against France - in week two.
England kick off at home to Wales, while Scotland host France in the return match of March's dramatic climax to the 2007 Championship.
There are also two 'Super Saturdays' where all six teams will play on the same day.
2008 RBS Six Nations schedule:
Week 1 - Saturday 2 February
Ireland v Italy - 14:00
England v Wales - 16:30
Sunday 3 February
Scotland v France - 15:00
Week 2 - Saturday 9 February
Wales v Scotland - 14:00
France v Ireland - 16:00 (17:00 local)
Sunday 10 February
Italy v England - 14:30 (15:30 local)
Week 3 - 16 / 17 February
Week 4 - Saturday 23 February
Wales v Italy - 15:00
Ireland v Scotland - 17:00
France v England - 20:00 (21:00 local)
Week 5 - 1 / 2 March
Week 6 - Saturday 8 March
Ireland v Wales - 13:15
Scotland v England - 15:15
Sunday 9 March
France v Italy - 15:00 (16:00 local)
Week 7 - Saturday 15 March
Italy v Scotland - 13:00 (14:00 local)
England v Ireland - 15:00
Wales v France - 17:00