The Ireland Police Rugby team will get a superb weekend of rugby underway when they meet their French counterparts at the RDS later this evening.

The Irish team, made up of serving members of An Garda Síochána and the Police Service of Northern Ireland, will meet their French counterparts for the second time having beaten them in Paris earlier this year.

The team is ten years old this year and has secured sponsorship for the first time with Stanley Security Solutions stepping in to provide support. It was re-launched under a new unifying logo last year.

Speaking ahead of the match, Ireland Police Rugby Team captain Damien Broughal said: “Rugby has been a great force for bringing people together and encouraging respect among communities and this is particularly true in Ireland thanks to the international team.

“We have been playing together for some time now and we are really looking forward to the match against France. Like their professional counterparts, they are strong, skillful and determined but we feel we have a team with the experience and talent to beat them again, particularly at home."

The match gets underway at 6.30pm in the RDS on Friday evening.

The Under-20s, Ireland women, club and senior teams are also in action this weekend.

Live RBS 6 Nations coverage on RTÉ Two and RTÉ.ie (Ireland only) from 2pm on Saturday 9 March (Ireland v France 5pm) and 2.30pm on Sunday 10 March.

Live radio coverage of Ireland v France on Saturday Sport on RTÉ Radio 1 and RTÉ.ie (Worldwide) from 2pm.