Saturday 16 December 2017

Croke Park may be used as Heineken cup back-up venue

WITH the freezing weather set to continue well into this week, Croke Park is being considered as a venue for Leinster's and Ulster's Heineken Cup fixtures next weekend, writes HUGH FARRELLY.

Last season's Heineken Cup semi-final between Munster and Leinster was staged there as a one-off fixture and the GAA intimated over the weekend that, if an approach was made, an accommodation could be reached.

Yesterday, Croke Park stadium manager Peter McKenna was quoted as saying that the pitch, which has under-soil heating, is playable and a double header featuring the two Irish provinces would not have repercussions for the surface three weeks before Ireland's opening Six Nations fixture against Italy.

Ulster are due to host Edinburgh on Friday night while Heineken Cup champions Leinster are scheduled to play Brive on Saturday.

Connacht and Munster also saw their Magners League matches cancelled over the weekend, with Munster postponing their meeting with the Scarlets after a pitch inspection at Musgrave Park on Saturday.

Irish Independent

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