Saturday 18 November 2017

Ospreys in dock over fixture

Hugh Farrelly

THE Ospreys will face a Celtic Rugby disciplinary panel on Monday, April 19, to review the cancellation of their Magners League meeting with Ulster at Ravenhill on March 19.

The Welsh region claimed they did not have enough quality front-rows to fulfil the fixture, with Duncan Jones and Richard Hubbard injured and Adam Jones, Huw Bennett and Paul James away on Wales duty.

However, it has emerged that the Ospreys had given their squad members that week off, and they claim they never agreed to the March 19 date, with the rescheduled fixture now to be played next Tuesday with Ulster facing a trip to Glasgow three days later. If found guilty, the Ospreys could face a financial penalty and/or points deduction.

Meanwhile, Connacht have received a huge boost for Saturday's Challenge Cup quarter-final against Bourgoin at the Sportsground, with skipper John Muldoon and four other players coming through a fitness test yesterday.

Muldoon has recovered from a groin injury while centres Niva Ta'auso and Keith Matthews, prop Robbie Morris and No 8 George Naoupu all came through yesterday morning's fitness test and are all available to play.

Irish Independent

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