EPCR can confirm that it has been decided to move the Heineken Champions Cup, Round 2 fixture between Ulster Rugby and Stade Rochelais from the Kingspan Stadium in Belfast to a Dublin venue which will be confirmed as soon as possible.
The match in Pool B will be played as scheduled tomorrow (Saturday, 17 December) with an unchanged kick-off of 17.30 (local time).
Regrettably, because of issues with logistics, as well as concerns regarding health and safety due to the timing of the venue change, the match will be staged behind closed doors with no access for the paying public.
Following close consultation between Ulster Rugby and EPCR in recent days, and despite the efforts of the Kingspan Stadium ground staff, the decision was taken to move the fixture as the Kingspan playing surface was deemed unsafe due to the freezing conditions in Belfast.
Live television coverage will be as scheduled on BT Sport, SuperSport and FloRugby, and EPCR would like to thank all stakeholders for their understanding and co-operation.
Saturday – Heineken Champions Cup, Round 2
Pool B : Ulster Rugby v Stade Rochelais, venue TBC (17.30)
Referee: Luke Pearce (Eng); Assistant referees: George Selwood (Eng), John Meredith (Eng); TMO: Rowan Kitt (Eng)