Thursday 22 February 2018

Compiled by Cian Tracey

November Series to start against Canada

Ireland are set for a rematch of their opening World Cup game when they welcome Canada to the Aviva Stadium next November.

The meeting with the Canucks will be the first of three games in the Guinness Series with games against world champions New Zealand and runners-up Australia set to follow.

Joe Schmidt's side ran out 50-7 winners against Canada in September but the north Americans showed throughout the tournament that they are an improving nation.

"Canada's performances at the recent Rugby World Cup illustrated the exciting and skilful brand of rugby that they are developing," IRFU CEO Philip Browne said.

"We are delighted that we will have the opportunity to welcome Canada to the Aviva Stadium for the first time."

Re-fixed Champions

Cup dates confirmed

Munster will travel to Paris on January 9 for a Saturday evening (4.45 Irish time) showdown in their rescheduled Champions Cup meeting.

The terrorist attacks in the French capital meant that the fixture was postponed and European Professional Club Rugby yesterday confirmed the new dates and times.

Ulster will take on Oyonnax a day later at the Stade Charles Mathon with a kick-off time of 1.0 (Irish time).

The rescheduling of the games means that the round 12 of Pro12 will be played later in the season.

Dragons left angered by Faletau's move to Bath

Newport Gwent Dragons' chief executive Stuart Davies has admitted that they are "extremely disappointed" that Wales No 8 Taulupe Faletau signed for Bath next season.

After Warren Gatland failed to sanction to move last month, Dragons were left with the impression that Faletau would sign a national dual contract and remain with the Dragon, but it was since transpired that he will leave the club.

Quote of the day

"I normally get back later than Jacko and he has been kicking well this season so I'm just not going to take over. As long as he kicks well I'll support him with that, I'll keep training and put in the hours but he is doing well so I'm not going to take the duties off him we'll he's doing well."

- Ulster scrum-half Ruan Pienaar on sharing the goal kicking reprehensibilities with Paddy Jackson.

Number of the day

23 The number of fit players that Connacht have to choose from out of the original 41-man European squad.

Compiled by Cian Tracey

Irish Independent

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