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Dublin: 0°C Friday 16 April 2021
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Munster and Leinster's Pro14 games postponed amid weather alert

The entire Ulster Bank League schedule has been snowed under too.

Updated 4.45pm

THE BEAST FROM the East has claimed more Pro14 fixtures, with Munster’s trip to Edinburgh and Leinster’s visit to the Scarlets both postponed.

The southern province were set to face Richard Cockerill’s side in Murrayfield on Friday evening, but the red snow alert has forced the match to be rescheduled for St Patrick’s weekend.

Munster were due to fly to Edinburgh today from Shannon, a route on which Aer Lingus have announced cancellations due to operational issues.

The postponement was the second of the Pro14′s week 17 schedule, after Ulster v Glasgow Warriors was called off early this week.

“The severe weather currently being experienced in the UK and Ireland combined to the further inclement conditions forecast for tomorrow night, means that those travelling to Murrayfield would likely be exposed to hazardous conditions which raises welfare concerns,” said a statement from the Pro14.

The exact kick-off time and date on the weekend of March 16-17-18 will be announced in the coming days.

Leinster’s planned clash with the Scarlets on Saturday has also been postponed, with the weather in Ireland preventing the eastern province from leaving home shores.

James Lowe James Lowe at Leinster training this week. Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

“Due to the extreme weather and the snow and ice warning in Ireland, Dublin Airport is experiencing widespread disruption which will prevent Leinster from travelling to Wales,” said a Guinness Pro14 statement.

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“As has been the case with the other Round 17 postponements, the health and safety of supporters, match officials, players and staff from both clubs has been the foremost consideration.”

A rescheduled date and kick-off time for the fixture will be confirmed as soon as possible, according to the Pro14.

Cardiff Blues’ Friday night match against Benetton Rugby and Zebre’s home clash with Ospreys have also fallen to the weather this afternoon.

On the domestic front, all Ulster Bank League and Women’s AIL fixtures for the weekend ahead have been postponed.

The only two Pro14 fixtures this weekend will take place in South Africa:

Southern Kings v Dragons, 17.35 Friday

Cheetahs v Connacht, 17.35 Saturday

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