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Thursday 18 January 2018

Ospreys bemoan Pro12 final switch

Jonathan Humphreys. Photo: Getty Images
Jonathan Humphreys. Photo: Getty Images

PRO12 finalists Ospreys have expressed their disappointment with the timing of this year's sold-out final against Leinster.

Due to a clash with the Irish soccer international against Bosnia, which takes place on Saturday afternoon in Lansdowne Road, organisers fixed the clash for 4.0 a day later in the RDS and only a couple of hundred Welsh fans are expected to travel.

"We'd like it at 2.30 on a Saturday," insisted Ospreys' forwards coach Jonathan Humphreys. "That would be perfect, but we aren't in any control over when the game is played.

"We are hopeful that we can get a lot of support out there. We're aware of the difficulties of people trying to get to work on the Monday. Hopefully, it will be a great occasion."

Hurley (26) forced into early Munster retirement

MUNSTER'S wretched run of injury retirements shows no sign of abating, with 26-year-old loosehead prop Darragh Hurley the latest, and youngest, player to hang up his boots.

Hurley's retirement severs another home-grown link to the double-winning Heineken Cup squads of 2006 and 2008 after he was forced out of the game due to lower back trouble.

Commenting on the news, Munster CEO Garrett Fitzgerald said: "Darragh worked extremely hard to try and overcome his injury difficulties. He was an extremely popular squad member who we wish all the very best to."

Richards handed Premiership return

Dean Richards will make a return to the English Premiership after the RFU's decision to refuse promotion to two clubs contesting a play-off spot.

Former England international Richards, now head coach of Newcastle Falcons, was in charge of Harlequins for the controversial 2009 Heineken Cup clash against Leinster when wing Tom Williams was found to have faked a blood injury.

Yesterday, the RFU confirmed that London Welsh would not be eligible to replace relegated Newcastle in the top flight, as they failed to pass minimum standards. Cornish Pirates had already refused to apply for a berth in the Premiership.

Tindall set for England reunion with Baa-Baas

MIKE TINDALL, out of the England picture since the squad's dwarf-tossing antics at last year's World Cup, will face his former team-mates in the first of three Test matches for the Barbarians at Twickenham this Sunday.

"I am sure he will be looking to get a few cheap shots on us," said his former team-mate Ben Foden.

"He will be looking forward to coming here to Twickenham and sticking it to us. It will be good to see him playing and a good way to say goodbye to 'Tins' as well -- hopefully we will stuff them."

Irish Independent

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