France v Ireland rescheduled for Sunday 4th of March

After last Saturday’s farce in Paris, France’s match with Ireland has been rescheduled for Sunday the 4th of March.

Kickoff will be at 1600 local time (1500 GMT). The new date means both sides will play four fixtures on consecutive weekends, with France taking on Ireland and then England at home in Paris one after the other. All tickets from the previous match are valid, whilst those fans who cannot make the game will receive full refunds on their purchases.

The IRFU were disappointed with the outcome, stating that: “While understanding the difficulties that a postponed game brings to the international and club rugby schedule, the IRFU had proposed to the Six Nations that the preferred alternate date for the game was Saturday, 3rd March with an afternoon kick off.

This was based on providing the Ireland team, who will be travelling for a second time to Paris, with a seven day turnaround between its remaining four fixtures in the tournament as well as providing any supporters wishing to attend the rescheduled game with an appropriate window of travel.

Both proposed dates were discussed by the Six Nations Council, but the decision was taken by the majority of the Council to proceed with the date of March 4th. The IRFU acknowledge that the French Federation has agreed to the reimbursement of the cost of tickets for Ireland supporters who are unable to attend the rescheduled game.”

6 thoughts on “France v Ireland rescheduled for Sunday 4th of March

  1. Has the Six Nations Council forgotten the supporters? First of all scheduling games for Friday evenings and Sundays is rubbish. The whole match day experience of a Saturday afternoon game is lost. The camaraderie and banter between opposing fans over a few beers pre and post game is what an International Rugby day is all about to many supporters. Then there are the travelling issues particularly for any away supporter attending a Sunday game. Scheduling an International match in an outdoor stadium for 9:00 p.m. on any evening in February though, is utter madness. Clearly the chance of freezing conditions is greater after sunset. You have to wonder how many Irish supporters spent several hundred pounds to be in Paris for that game on Saturday. A kick off any time between 12 and 4 would probably have resulted in the game going ahead. These people need to get their act together.

    1. I agree with you completely, 2.30, 3 o’clock kick of is when rugby should be played, but due to the crowded 6 nations fixture list, i for one enjoy being able to watch all the games even if i have to go to work on Monday with a hangover, rather then returning to the old days

  2. Amathus, Saturday at 2:30 or 3 is perfect for the match going supporter, but you can get around the TV issue by playing two games on a Saturday at 1:30 and 4:00. I guess that leaves one game to be played on a Sunday. 9:00 p.m. on any night in February in an outdoor stadium is asking for trouble though, and postponing a game that people have travelled far to see should be avoided. I hope they rethink the timing of these matches. I was planning a trip from Canada to see England at Dublin next February. Its a Sunday game. I think I will reconsider that and settle for the Autumn games, where chance of postponement due to the weather is slim to nil. There were probably some from further afield than Ireland for that game on Saturday night. I cannot imagine their frustration when the game was called off.

  3. Let’s keep perspective here. This is the first postponement due to weather for a quarter of a century. There were of course postponements due to foot and mouth, but that, happily, is even rarer.

    The fixture committee MUST learn from this debacle though, and if they must play games in the evening slot, which is avoidable as I’ve already said, then they should be games in Cardiff (roof) and Dublin (undersoil heating).

    End of story.

  4. To put it in real perspective Mark, how many games in February in the last quarter century have been played at 9:00 p.m.? Sure there are two of the six stadiums when you could play a game almost any time. European winters are changing though. The ice melt in the arctic has cooled the gulf stream and the winters are colder.That’s a scientific fact. The best time for games are mid afternoon Saturdays without a doubt. A few pints in the Eel Pie pre game and then a few more at the Prince Blucher after. Now thats a Rugby day. I am sure the game betweeen Ireland and England will be played Rick, but I will settle for the South Africa and New Zealand back to back games at Twickenham in the Autumn series. The games are being played at 2:30 too. See you at the Eel Pie.

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