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Connacht and Munster derby game moved to Monday

Pitch in Galway needs time to thaw out, Connacht chiefs say.

Image: INPHO/Dan Sheridan

THE SNOW HAS claimed another victim in the sports schedule.

The planned Magners League clash between Connacht and Munster on St Stephen’s Day has been moved to Monday, December 27 at 6.10pm.

A statement said that the move was necessary in order to allow maximum time for the pitch to thaw out following a night of heavy frost and freezing temperatures at the Sportsground.

It reads:

The straw that was laid on the pitch helped minimise the impact of the Arctic conditions during the week but was unable to prevent the playing surface from freezing during last night’s -13C weather.

Connacht Rugby would like to inform supporters that all tickets purchased for the game will be valid for the refix.

As of this morning there were less than 200 tickets remaining and the remainder can be bought online via ticketmaster over the Christmas and the office in The Sportsground will re-open at 10am on the day of the game.

Connacht management, in consultation with Munster officials and tournament organisers reached the decision this afternoon following a pitch inspection.

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