Our owner, Dane Gray, has loved rugby since his childhood in Australia. “I was 7 when I started playing rugby, and it was the sport you watched when you were a kid,” he said.
He also still keeps up with his hometown team, the South Sydney Rabbitohs, which won the Grand Final in 2014. “In my entire life they’ve had one good season, but I still follow ’em!” he said.
Dane’s love for rugby permeates the pub. We’ve got memorabilia sprinkled throughout the restaurant, and regularly show rugby games live. Dane is especially looking forward to the Six Nations Championship. “You’re always putting your best team on and going to beat everybody all the time,” he said. “In a similar way to hockey, rugby is one of the toughest sports I’ve ever played or watched. The athletes have to be so tough, fast and strong to play the game, it’s outrageous.”
With the Six Nations Championship bringing together the best players in the world every year, we’re especially excited for the coming month. “The Six Nations Tournament, outside of the World Cup, is the best tournament competition-wise,” he said. “It might even be better competition than the World Cup, to be honest. Out of the six teams, you’ve got at least four or five in the top 10 in the world.”
There is a high-level of competition among the six nations, England, Ireland, Scotland, France, Italy and Wales, specifically, with the other teams itching to beat England. Ireland is coming into the tournament with momentum after defeating New Zealand for the first time in history, and is looking for a win over England during the last game of the tournament on Saturday, March 18 at noon. It should be an aggressive game, and a must-watch here at Kildare’s (the day after St. Patrick’s Day, no less).
Check out the full schedule below.
Six Nations—All Games Live
9:25 a.m. Scotland vs Ireland
11:50 a.m. England vs France
10 a.m. Italy vs Wales
9:25 a.m. Italy vs Ireland
11:50 a.m. Wales vs England
10 a.m. France vs Scotland
9:25 a.m. Scotland vs Wales
11:50 a.m. Ireland vs France
10 a.m. England vs Italy
3:05 p.m. Wales vs Ireland
8:30 a.m. Italy vs France
11 a.m. England vs Scotland
7:30 a.m. Scotland vs Italy
9:45 a.m. France vs Wales
Noon Ireland vs England
Join us to cheer on your team, or to get acquainted with the game! Our crowd is made up of rugby veterans and newbies alike.
Kildare’s in West Chester is a destination: an authentic Irish pub that has something for everyone. We’re a place to bring the family for weekend brunch; cheer your favorite soccer (or American football) team; enjoy next-level fare at a business lunch, dinner with friends or special event; spend happy hour (questionable dance moves and all); and, of course, imbibe great beer, whiskey and other adult libations. Join us and find out why we’re not your average Irish pub.