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Bad timing: Billy Burns (left) and John Cooney have suffered scheduling misfortunes in recent months

Bad timing: Billy Burns (left) and John Cooney have suffered scheduling misfortunes in recent months

�INPHO/Tommy Dickson

Eric O’Sullivan and Tom O’Toole will hope to be in the reckoning

Eric O’Sullivan and Tom O’Toole will hope to be in the reckoning

�INPHO/Billy Stickland

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Bad timing: Billy Burns (left) and John Cooney have suffered scheduling misfortunes in recent months

As we settle in to watch the rarity of a near full strength Munster-Leinster interpro tomorrow evening, the spectacle can be cited as a fine example of the theory that when a door closes, a window opens.

When the season's compressed schedule was originally drawn up, this weekend was slated as one of four set aside for European action.

With margins tighter than ever before in the race for quarter-final spots, a weekend of high drama and tension was envisaged. For two weeks already, we've known that not all was going according to plan, the postponement of the two concluding rounds of the pool stages now looking for all the world as if they'll never be played.


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