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Munster schools 1/4 final to be replayed after 'unprecedented injury circumstances'

St Munchin’s had declined to play the remainder of their Junior Cup meeting with PBC after three players were withdrawn due to injury.

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THE MUNSTER SCHOOLS Junior Cup quarter-final between PBC and St Munchin’s will be replayed next week after ‘unprecedented injury circumstances’ brought the fixture to an early finish yesterday.

Just nine match minutes had elapsed when St Munchin’s declined to resume play after three of their players were forced off with injuries – two of whom were taken to Cork University Hospital by ambulance.

This evening Munster Rugby have announced the game will be played on Wednesday next, 15 February, at Musgrave Park with a 2.30pm kick-off.

“As a priority, player welfare and the health and safety off all players was taken into consideration when reviewing yesterday’s circumstances,” says a statement after the Age Grade Competitions Committee and Munster Rugby Schools Committee looked into yesterday’s match.

“Following the review both committees expressed their support for referee Paudie Sheehan and his team in overseeing a difficult and unprecedented situation, noting the referee made his decision to restart the game based on facts and was procedurally correct.”

The statement concluded with a reminder of the Stop-Inform-Rest-Return concussion awareness guidelines.

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