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New date arranged for axed Oyonnax Champions Cup clash

By Jonathan Bradley

Published 28/11/2015

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Ulster's Champions Cup match against Oyonnax has been rearranged for the weekend of January 8-10, with the Pro12 contest with Newport Gwent Dragons now set to be moved to a later date.

The clash was originally due to be played two weeks ago but was postponed on the eve of kick-off in light of the Paris terror attacks that occurred the previous night.

One of six matches now due to be played in the second weekend of the new year, Ulster will play in Europe for three consecutive weekends as a result with the trip to pool favourites Saracens to follow the Friday after the trip to the Rhone-Alps region before Oyonnax make the return journey to Belfast seven days later.

The EPCR said: "Following the completion of discussions between EPCR, the Ligue Nationale de Rugby, Premiership Rugby and PRO12 Rugby to reschedule the six European club matches which were postponed due to the Paris attacks, it has been agreed by all parties that the games will be played on the weekend of 8/9/10 January 2016 in advance of round five of the European Champions Cup and Challenge Cup."

Further light was shed on Ulster's fixture list yesterday with an announcement coming from the Pro12 on the dates and kick-off times for rounds 13 through 17.

Ulster will play a first league game on a Sunday when Scarlets travel to Kingspan Stadium on February 21 for a 2.30pm kick-off.

While the province request that their home games take place on Friday night, and specifically not on a Sunday, a participation agreement signed with the Pro12 left little room for manoeuvre in this case.

The other two home games now given confirmed dates are versus Glasgow (Friday, February 12) and Zebre (Friday, March 4) while the trip to Treviso will take place on Saturday, January 30.

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