Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 17 September 2014

Paris clash 'set for March 4'

Stade de France

Ireland's postponed match against France has been rescheduled for Sunday March 4, Six Nations Rugby Ltd have confirmed.

The game was aborted 10 minutes before kick-off on Saturday night after referee Dave Pearson deemed the Stade de France pitch to be unplayable following a week of sub-zero temperatures in Paris.

The Six Nations Council, who ruled out the option of this weekend, met on Tuesday and decided upon March 4 with a kick-off time of 1500 GMT.

"We are delighted that we have agreed a new date within the Six Nations window for the match between France and Ireland," said Six Nations Rugby Ltd chief executive John Feehan.

The French Rugby Federation (FFR) wanted the game to be played next season so that the Top 14 clubs would not have to lose their players to another international weekend.

Such a move would potentially have resulted in the championship finishing without a winner, but that scenario has been avoided.

Feehan also revealed that Irish and French supporters would be entitled to a full refund with details of the refund mechanism available on Wednesday.

"First and foremost we'd like to express our regret at what happened on Saturday. It's deeply disturbing," Feehan said. "It's terrible that it happened. It's very frustrating for the fans and we very much feel for everyone who was affected, Irish and French.

"However, looking forward we can announce that we will be staging the game on March 4, at 4pm (1500GMT) at the Stade de France.

"In addition we would like to also say that we can announce a full ticket refund scheme will be put in place for anybody who obviously can't attend the game. Obviously tickets can be used again, but a scheme will also be put in place."

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