A report from The Irish Times says that a training camp will begin in early 2018.
This is just one of many reports that suggest that the IRFU is gearing up to make an impact on the game and that the country’s biggest clubs will start training in earnest in the coming months.
There have been many reports in recent weeks that the two largest clubs in the country will begin their own training camps and it seems that that will be the case with both the Dragons and the Irish.
There is no confirmation that the training camps will be at Aviva Stadium or Croke Park but the reports do suggest that both will be taking place there.
The IRFU has not commented on the reports but there are indications that the camps will start before the start of the 2019 World Cup in 2019.
The reports also suggest that two of the largest clubs will be in the starting lineup during the 2018 World Cup.
The Dragons and Ireland will be competing in the Rugby Championship in June 2019 and they will be looking to win a record six-year title.
This year’s tournament is set to be one of the most competitive in recent history with the top four sides from the World Cup qualifying for the 2019 tournament.
There will be a host of international matches in the pool stages and the tournament will have two group stage matches with the winners advancing to the knockout stages.
Ireland will be playing host to Wales in Dublin in June and a victory will secure a place in the 2019 Rugby Championship tournament.