Wales announce Ireland friendly AFP 3/18/2013 2:58:02 PM Wales have announced that they are to tackle Celtic rivals the Republic of Ireland in a friendly international in August.The match will take place at Cardiff City Stadium on August 14 and will allow both sides to make preparations for the final matches of their respective World Cup qualifying campaigns."This will be a very useful test for us before embarking on the two World Cup games in September," said Wales manager Chris Coleman."The timing of the August friendly match is always so near to the start of the new domestic season, so that means a home game is always useful to cut down on travelling and I am sure that our friends from Ireland will feel the same."Their players are all well known to us, as we will be to them, so it promises to be a good match to get the new season under way and I hope our fans will turn out to support the team."Wales and Ireland have met on 12 previous occasions, with the Irish prevailing 3-0 in the most recent contest in February 2011.Wales' hopes of reaching the 2014 World Cup in Brazil have already faded, but Ireland currently sit in third place in European qualifying Group C.