Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 1 October 2014

Campbell ruled out for Connacht

Former Ulster scrum half Kieran Campbell will sit out tomorrow night’s Magners League match in Galway.

Campbell, now with the western province, will not be involved with Connacht increasing speculation that he’s about to join up with Justin Fitzpatrick as part of Dungannon’s new coaching set-up.

It was confirmed last night that Ulster will have a team in a new British and Irish cup.

Twelve teams from the English Championship, six from the Welsh Principality, three Irish provinces, Ulster, Munster and Leinster and three teams from Scotland will compete for the inaugural trophy.

Teams will be divided into four pools of six, playing over five weekends during the autumn internationals and RBS Six Nations windows, with semi-finals and finals on April 24 and May 15 respectively.

The IRFU’s director of rugby said: “From an Irish perspective we welcome the introduction of the British and Irish Cup which will provide a very competitive professional game structure to meet the demands of our emerging contracted players.

“Overall the British and Irish Cup introduces a more structured approach to the existing Ireland provincial A programme in each province

“The teams involved are well known entities in their own right.”

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