LNR wades into postponement row
February 13, 2012
Pierre-Yves Revol has called for France's game with Ireland to take place in June © Getty Images
The governing body of the Top 14 Orange, the Ligue Nationale de Rugby (LNR), has requested that last weekend's postponed Six Nations match between France and Ireland be rescheduled at the end of the season.
The game was called off just minutes before kick-off on Saturday due to a frozen pitch, with fans angered by the late decision and lack of communication from officials at the Stade de France.
The fixture is tipped to be played on one of the Six Nations' break weekends - February 18-19 or March 3-4 - but both dates are viewed with suspicion in domestic circles.
A large number of tickets have been sold for Stade Francais' league meeting with Toulon at the Stade de France next weekend, while the later date also coincides with a full slate of Top 14 fixtures. LNR boss Pierre-Yves Revol has addressed a letter to the Six Nations committee calling for the game to be played at the conclusion of the current campaign.
Due to the Rugby World Cup - staged between September and October last year - French clubs are already set to be without their international players for 10 rounds of the regular season, a major sticking point for Revol and the LNR.
Both Ireland and France have reason to hope that the game is staged as soon as possible, with a switch to the weekend of March 3 meaning a manic end to the Six Nations and Test matches on four successive weekends.
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