No quick fix for postponed tie
February 13, 2012
France's clash with Ireland fell foul of the weather © PA Photos
The postponed Six Nations match between France and Ireland will not be played on the weekend of February 18-19, tournament organisers have confirmed.
The Six Nations Council met on Monday to discuss events in Paris on Saturday night, when the Stade de France pitch was deemed unplayable by referee Dave Pearson just 10 minutes before kick-off.
The weekend of March 3 now appears to be favoured by officials for the rescheduled clash, although there will be no confirmation until Tuesday at the earliest.
"Further to a meeting of the Six Nations Council today, we can confirm that the postponed Six Nations France versus Ireland match will not take place this weekend [Feb 17/18/19]," a statement read.
"A further meeting of the Council will take place tomorrow [Tuesday] to hopefully resolve the issues of rescheduling and ticket policy. There are very significant logistical issues arising from this situation, and we would wish to be in a position to give a comprehensive clarification following the meeting."
Stade Francais host Toulon at the national stadium on Saturday, making it an unpalatable alternative, but the weekend of March 3 also comes with domestic baggage.
Reports in France have suggested that the Top 14 clubs are unhappy with plans to remove international players from another round of fixtures, with Clermont Auvergne against Toulouse headlining that weekend's action. Such a switch would also lead to a fixture pile-up, with France and Ireland forced to play Six Nations matches on four consecutive weekends.
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.