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Wallace in the frame for Ulster

ULSTER expect Paddy Wallace and Pedrie Wannenburg to be available for Saturday's Heineken Cup semi-final against Edinburgh, but have fitness doubts over Chris Henry and Paul Marshall.

Centre Wallace left the field with a migraine during Friday's RaboDirect Pro12 defeat to Leinster, while former South Africa back-rower Wannenburg sustained a groin problem.

Wallace's migraine improved shortly after the conclusion of the match, while Wannenburg's injury is responding well to treament.

Number eight Henry is battling to be fit as he tries to recover from an ankle sprain and scrum-half Marshall has an elbow problem.



Doubts over Umaga move

COLD WATER has been poured on Tana Umaga's proposed move to Munster next season to replace outgoing coach Tony McGahan.

The former All-Black centre has been linked with the job at Thomond Park in recent weeks but New Zealand media are claiming that Umaga has yet to make up his mind whether to switch allegiance from Counties Manukau (Steelers) to Munster.

The club's chief executive Andrew Maddock has suggested that the 38-year-old is nowhere near making the switch to the Northern Hemisphere.

"As far as we're concerned Tana is committed to coaching the Steelers in this year's ITM Cup," he said.

Umaga has been interviewed about the vacancy at Munster along with Canterbury coach Rob Penney and current Munster forwards coach Anthony Foley.



PRO12 play-off dates finalised

THE dates, times and venues for the two RaboDirect PRO12 play-offs have been confirmed.

Top seeded Leinster will host the fourth placed team on Saturday May 12 at 7.35pm at the RDS.

The Ospreys, now confirmed as second seeds, will host the third placed team on Friday, May 11 at 7.35pm in Swansea's Liberty Stadium.

Reigning champions Munster and Glasgow Warriors sit third and fourth respectively but Ulster and the Scarlets are still mathematically in the mix for the top four.


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