Friday 21 July 2017

French clubs want postponed Ireland match rescheduled for end of season ... in June!

Workers tried in vain to defrost the pitch in the Stade De France
Workers tried in vain to defrost the pitch in the Stade De France

FRENCH club sides have weighed into the debate over when to re-programme the France versus Ireland Six Nations game, demanding that it be held after their season finishes in June, informed sources said

French club sides have weighed into the debate over when to re-programme the France versus Ireland Six Nations game, demanding that it be held after their season finishes in June, informed sources have said.

Saturday night's game at the Stade de France fell victim to the frigid conditions just minutes before referee Dave Pearson was due to whistle for it to start, leaving 80,000 fans to vent their frustrations.

The Six Nations organising committee were looking at playing the match in one of the two forthcoming "free" weekends during the course of this year's tournament, which were next weekend or the weekend of March 3-4.

But the French Rugby League has written to the committee pointing out that already – mainly due to the World Cup in New Zealand – 10 of the Top 14 weekends this season already clashed with international fixtures.

This would be the case once again with the two weekends being mooted, so they have asked for the game to be held over till the season ends which falls on June 9 when the final is held at the Stade de France.

French club sides have weighed into the debate over when to re-programme the France versus Ireland Six Nations game, demanding that it be held after their season finishes in June, informed sources have said.

Saturday night's game at the Stade de France fell victim to the frigid conditions just minutes before referee Dave Pearson was due to whistle for it to start, leaving 80,000 fans to vent their frustrations.

The Six Nations organising committee were looking at playing the match in one of the two forthcoming "free" weekends during the course of this year's tournament, which were next weekend or the weekend of March 3-4.

But the French Rugby League has written to the committee pointing out that already – mainly due to the World Cup in New Zealand – 10 of the Top 14 weekends this season already clashed with international fixtures.

This would be the case once again with the two weekends being mooted, so they have asked for the game to be held over till the season ends which falls on June 9 when the final is held at the Stade de France.

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