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Ospreys clash postponed for safety reasons

Scrum.com
March 12, 2010
A spate of injuries has forced the postponement of Ospreys' March 19 fixture © Getty Images
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Celtic Rugby have been forced to postpone the Magners League clash between Ulster and Ospreys.

The Round 11 match, scheduled for March 19, will not be able to go ahead because the Ospreys are unable to supply suitably experienced front row players in their match squad as is required under the Magners League rules and IRB rules. This rule was introduced for health and safety reasons and Celtic Rugby could not sanction a match in these circumstances.

In a statement released on Friday, Celtic Rugby acknowledged the great inconvenience this will have on Ulster and their supporters as well as Celtic Rugby's commercial partners, particularly BBC Wales who were due to broadcast the match live.

Elsewhere, Scotland No. 8 Johnnie Beattie has signed a new two-year contract with Glasgow. The 24-year-old, who will make his Calcutta Cup debut in Saturday's Six Nations game against England, penned an extended deal 24 hours after Warriors team-mates Dougie Hall and Calum Forrester.

Beattie, who joined the club in 2004, said: "I think the direction that the club has been headed towards the past few years is really taking a head-on course now. I'm really happy with the way things are going and I just want to continue my development and keep pushing my way to start for Glasgow.

Head coach Sean Lineen added: "Johnnie is a quality player. I've been working with him for a few years now and you can see the talent he's got. He has the X-Factor - especially on the ball, in the way he can play and get over the gain line - he just makes it look so easy."

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