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Weather delays Heineken Cup ties

Edinburgh and Sale Sharks are set to return to action on Monday after their European matches were postponed by 24 hours.

Edinburgh's Heineken Cup Pool One clash with Castres will be played at 2pm behind closed doors at Murrayfield, with no supporter access due to adverse weather in Scotland's capital.

Heavy snow forced the postponement of the match by a day, and tournament organisers European Rugby Cup (ERC) announced: "Due to concerns regarding the areas around the pitch, no spectators will be admitted to the stadium. Media will, however, be admitted."

The Amlin Challenge Cup match between Sale Sharks and Brive was called off because of the conditions at Edgeley Park, where the pitch was frozen.

Sale announced: "Despite the valiant efforts of supporters and officials in clearing the surrounds of snow and ice from an early hour, and the co-operation of SMBC (Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council) in gritting Hardcastle Road and approach roads and paths, when the covers were rolled back the playing surface was unsafe."

ERC later revealed the Pool Two match would go ahead at 5pm on Monday.

Glasgow Warriors' Heineken Cup match in Toulouse has been rearranged for Tuesday evening.

The game was originally scheduled to be played Saturday but the weather caused travel problems for the Scottish side and the fixture was then rearranged for Sunday afternoon.

However, the team's equipment was also delayed and the match was consequently postponed. It will now be played on Tuesday at 6pm (7pm local time).


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