Ireland unhappy with new Six Nations date
France's postponed home fixture in the Six Nations against Ireland will now take place on Sunday, March 4th.
The decision has come as a disappointment to the Irish Rugby Union, who had argued for the game to be played the previous day to allow a seven-day break before their next game and to make matters easier for supporters with tickets travelling to France.
However, it did note that the French Federation has promised to refund the ticket costs for any Irish fans unable to get to Paris for the new date.
Fans preferring to enjoy hospitality packages at the Aviva Stadium for Ireland's remaining home games against Italy on February 25th and Scotland on March 10th may note the pitch has undersoil heating unlike the Stade de France, ensuring cold weather does not cause postponements.
Ireland played their opening game of the tournament at the Dublin venue, where a late penalty gave Wales a 23-21 win.