First casualties of adverse weather conditions
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These postoned matches are the first rugby casualties of the ‘Beast from the East’ – the weather system that has seen heavy snowfall across the UK, Ireland and much of Europe.
Because of the travel implications, an early decision was made after consultation with both clubs due to the severe weather warnings in place across Ireland and the UK. The health and safety of supporters, players and staff are always paramount when considering the postponement of a fixture.
The fixture between Ulster and Glasgow Warriors has been postponed until the weekend of April 20.
The fixture between Edinburgh and Munster has been postponed until the weekend of March 16/17/18, while a date for the fixture between Cardiff Blues and Benetton will be confirmed as soon as possible.
Benetton's flight was cancelled with limited options to use other routes while conditions around Cardiff Arms Park are expected to be hazardous from a health and safety point of view.
Glasgow Airport has experienced significant disruptions today (including closure) and due to extreme weather and with further inclement conditions forecast for Friday night in Belfast, those travelling to the stadium would likely be exposed to hazardous conditions which raises welfare concerns.
It is in the best interests of the players, staff and supporters of both clubs to postpone the fixture until the weekend of April 20/21/22. Details about kick-off time and the exact date will be released as soon as possible.
We would ask supporters for their understanding on this postponement and hope that any inconvenience caused is minor compared to the impact of making this decision closer to kick-off.
Ulster has asked supporters to retain their tickets as they will be valid for the rearranged game. Refunds are available from the point of purchase on return of your original tickets. Further information will be sent to ticket holders from Ulster and Ticketmaster directly.