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In brief: Senior Cup clash gets green light

THE Leinster Senior Schools Cup quarter-final clash between St Gerard's and King's Hospital that was postponed yesterday will take place this afternoon (3.0), WRITES Ruaidhri O'Connor.

The Donnybrook pitch was waterlogged after the heavy rain.

The Junior Cup match between Pres Bray and Belvedere that also fell foul of the weather will be refixed at a later date. Today's Vinnie Murray Cup matches (Wesley v CUS and Pres Bray v Newbridge College) have both been postponed until March.

Toulon swoop to sign Wallabies star Giteau

Australia star Matt Giteau has signed a contract with Toulon until 2013.

The ACT Brumbies back, who has played for the Wallabies at out-half, scrum-half and centre, will join the Top 14 side after the World Cup later this year, he confirmed on Twitter yesterday.

The 28-year-old will captain the the Brumbies in their Super Rugby season opener against the Waikato Chiefs on Saturday. Giteau has played 91 Tests.

Toulon already have England out-half Jonny Wilkinson and earlier this month recruited Wales centre Gavin Henson.

Connacht sweat on Murphy fitness

Scrum-half Frank Murphy, Connacht's try-scoring hero in the win over Scarlets at the weekend, is doubtful for Friday's Magners League clash against Glasgow Warriors at the Sportsground.

The 29-year-old, who scored his first Magners League try in 42 appearances for Connacht in the 17-13 win over the Scarlets, is suffering from an ear ailment.

"It's touch and go with Frank and we don't know if we will have him on Friday," said coach Eric Elwood.

Connacht are bidding for a fourth straight victory in all competitions -- they concluded their Amlin Challenge Cup campaign with wins over Bayonne and Cavalieri Prato.

Irish Independent