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Ulster players may find lack of games costly when it comes to Ireland selection as quiet January is a missed opportunity for PRO14

Ruaidhri O'Connor


 

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Eric O'Sullivan made his Ireland debut against Scotland in the Autumn Nations Cup last month but his Six Nations prospects won't be helped by Ulster's empty fixture list.

Eric O'Sullivan made his Ireland debut against Scotland in the Autumn Nations Cup last month but his Six Nations prospects won't be helped by Ulster's empty fixture list.

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Eric O'Sullivan made his Ireland debut against Scotland in the Autumn Nations Cup last month but his Six Nations prospects won't be helped by Ulster's empty fixture list.

Handed two free weekends to work with at short notice by the temporary suspension of the Heineken Champions Cup, organisers of the Guinness PRO14 opted to re-fix one match for each weekend rather than bring forward a full round of fixtures from later in the season.

Considering that the teams would have had access to full squads, schedulers are dealing with a finite supply of dates and the matches will now instead go up against Six Nations weekends, it seems like an opportunity missed.

Now that they've found a home for postponed games between Glasgow Warriors and Edinburgh this Saturday and Munster and Leinster a week later, there are no fixtures in the books beyond Round 11, which took place last weekend.


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