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Pro14: Scarlets and Cardiff Blues derby introduced ahead

2021-01-15 15:00:54

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Scarlets and Cardiff Blues are to face one another for the second time in a fortnight by bringing ahead their Pro14 match.

The league recreation can be performed on Friday, 22 January in Llanelli – slightly below two weeks after Cardiff Blues defeated Scarlets 29-20 within the capital.

The match was scheduled for early March however can be at 20:00 GMT subsequent Friday.

Wales’ areas have been going through two weeks off after the European Champions Cup and Problem Cup have been suspended.

The derby will give Wales squad gamers priceless recreation time earlier than the Six Nations, in addition to guaranteeing that Scarlets star Liam Williams is just unavailable for Wales’ opening match towards Eire on 7 February after his purple card within the final derby encounter.

Williams may also miss Scarlets’ Pro14 recreation at dwelling to Leinster on 30 January

European Skilled Membership Rugby (EPCR) says it had “no selection” however to postpone all matches scheduled for the weekends of 16 and 23 January after French authorities intervention.

This Scarlets and Cardiff Blues match is without doubt one of the remaining 5 rounds of league fixtures, although a number of different fixtures have been rescheduled after postponements due to Covid-19 or the climate.

These embrace Ospreys’ journey to Galway to face Connacht, postponed in late November due to Covid-19, initially rescheduled for 13 February and now rearranged for twenty-four January.

This season’s Pro14 competitors has been shortened to 16 rounds to accommodate the new Rainbow Cup scheduled from April onwards- although nonetheless depending on the virus disaster in South Africa and Europe.

The journey to Parc y Scarlets is the opening match for Dai Younger’s second time period in cost at Cardiff Blues, after the interim director of rugby changed head coach John Mulvihill.

It may additionally sign a return for Scarlets skipper and Wales hooker Ken Owens, who has been sidelined for 3 months with a shoulder damage, two weeks earlier than the Six Nations opener towards Eire on 7 February.

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