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Fixture conundrum for Irish sides
25 Jul 2014 19:07
Munster, Connacht and Ulster face fixture uncertainty over a round of Guinness Pro12 fixtures after Welsh regions were apparently doubled-booked.
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The first round of the Anglo-Welsh LV=Cup has been announced for the weekend of 31 October-2 November, the same weekend as round seven of the Pro12.
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As things stands, Welsh regions Ospreys, Newport Gwent Dragons, Scarlets and the Cardiff Blues, are scheduled to play in the two competitions.
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Three Irish sides are affected by the potential clash: Ulster are due to entertain the Dragons in Ravenhill; Munster are due to travel to face the Blues, and Connacht are away to Ospreys.
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The Pro12 organisers have reportedly said that they will not rearrange their fixtures.
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The LV=Cup organisers, the RFU issued the following statement in relation to the clash: “The WRU is currently in negotiations with the regions regarding the Participation Agreement for the upcoming season.
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“Once those negotiations have concluded, they will address the potential clash for Welsh clubs in Round 1 of the LV= Cup, the dates of which were agreed by all LV= Cup stakeholders back in April 2014.”
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Walesonline quoted a WRU spokesman as saying the Union was working with tournament organisers to resolve the issue.
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