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It’s a white-out for local rugby

There won’t be an oval ball kicked or passed in Ulster this weekend.

With the province shivering under a thick blanket of snow and no sign of any immediate improvement, following consultation with the PSNI the Ulster Branch had no choice but to postpone all fixtures.

Ulster Ravens were to have hosted Moseley in the British & Irish Cup yesterday afternoon but with every airport in the province closed the English guests were unable to fly in from Birmingham.

A spokesperson at Ravenhill said: “Our decision has taken into consideration the advice of the PSNI who are cautioning against all but essential travel.”

With referee availability and the safety of spectators also among the factors which had to be considered, clearly rugby did not meet the ‘essential travel’ criteria.

So having sought police advice and liaised with Moseley and the tournament organisers, Ulster reluctantly announced the inevitable ‘match off’ verdict in mid-morning.

The British & Irish Cup tournament organisers require hosts “to make all reasonable provision” to ensure a game can go ahead, and in this instance they were fully satisfied that Ulster had done so.

Now all three parties must come up with a new date for the fixture.

Meanwhile the white-out of the First Trust Ulster Senior League, a six-match Kukri Qualifying League One programme — which included an important top-of-the-table Cooke v Armagh clash — Crawford Cup, McCambley Cup, full Junior and Minor Leagues schedules plus all youth and schools fixtures means an awful lot of reorganising when the thaw comes.

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