Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 23 October 2014

Tough call for Ulster and Munster fans

Ulster and Munster supporters making their way to Dublin for Sunday’s Ireland versus France clash face a tough decision.

Do they miss the beginning or end of the big match in order to watch their beloved provinces in Magners League action?

With Ireland v France kicking off at 3pm, it will be well-nigh impossible for Munster followers to take in all of their side’s clash with Benetton Treviso at Stadio Monigo where play starts at 1pm.

That fixture is being broadcast live by TG4, but Munster fans in Dublin for the RBS Six Nations Championship match will be forced to make a very hard decision; do they miss the closing stages of Treviso-Munster or the start of Ireland-France?

Later in the afternoon, Ulster followers will face a similar dilemma, for given the number of stoppages in modern-day international rugby it will be upwards of 5pm before they are exiting the Aviva Stadium.

They then must make their way, presumably, to a nearby hotel or hostelry — which also promises to be crammed with fellow-rugby followers intent on celebrating or drowning their sorrows.

Televised coverage of Ospreys v Ulster from the Liberty Stadium — where the kick-off time is 5.10pm — is being provided by the Welsh language channel S4/C, with English-language commentary available on Sky via the red button.

This is the first season in which the Irish provinces’ programme has clashed with that of the international side, the reason for this new development being the need to accommodate four additional Magners League fixtures following the introduction to the series of Italian clubs Aironi and Treviso.

Kick-off times are at the behest of the Magners League organisers and the broadcasting companies rather than the clubs.

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