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Connacht head coach Andy Friend. Photo: Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

Connacht head coach Andy Friend. Photo: Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

Connacht head coach Andy Friend. Photo: Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

Connacht coach Andy Friend says they have been told that the Rainbow Cup will go ahead next month as planned with the four main South African clubs joining PRO14 sides for a tournament that will run until June.

But he said no details have been clarified, fixtures have not been disclosed and suggestions that the four South African teams would temporarily move to the northern hemisphere have not been confirmed.

“We keep getting told it will so until we get told it won’t … I believe it will go ahead. Certainly, at this point and time that’s what we have been told and that’s what we are preparing for,” said Friend. The competition was announced in December for a tournament to start on April 17 with two pools of eight and to run to a final on June 19 when the pool winners would compete in a final for the Rainbow Cup.

The Covid-19 pandemic has deteriorated significantly in South Africa and here since that announcement but Friend said they have been told it will go ahead.

“I have heard lots of different bits of speculation but certainly nothing official has come through on that. I was on a call a couple of days ago and they said the Rainbow Cup will be going ahead so until we hear different that’s what we will be planning for,” he added.


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