First, the supporter’s bus stopped running to Thomand Park, now the game is off.
A staple of festive rugby, the inter-pro / URC / Celtic League clash between Leinster and Munster on St. Stephen’s Day has been scrapped.
It was a similar story last year with delays in Covid testing meaning the game couldn’t proceed as planned. However, a number of new COVID-19 cases were reported among the Leinster squad today mean the game on Sunday is off.
The news was confirmed in a statement issued by Leinster Rugby on Tuesday afternoon.
“It is with regret that Leinster Rugby announces that the United Rugby Championship game against Munster Rugby scheduled for St Stephen’s Day in Thomond Park has been postponed following discussions with Public Health and after consultation with the tournament organisers.”
“Leinster Rugby would like to thank the Board of the United Rugby Championship, the IRFU, Munster Rugby and the HSE for their understanding and cooperation on this matter.”
“Leinster Rugby will resume training next Tuesday, 28 December, at its UCD base and will start preparations for our New Year’s Day game against Ulster Rugby.”