However, the Ulster v Munster game will go ahead on Friday December 28th at Ravenhill but without the contracted players. Both Ulster and Munster feel that players who haven't been heavily involved in the recent Celtic League campaign need match practice ahead of the upcoming competitions.
The statement issued today read;
The I.R.F.U. wishes to announce that the Guinness Interprovincial series of games scheduled for the weekend of the 28th and 29th of December 2001 (Connacht V Leinster and Ulster V Munster) have been postponed. These postponements arise from the number of games the National and Provincial players have been involved in since the beginning of the season and the success of the Irish provinces in the Celtic League.
It is on the advice of the Director of Fitness Dr Liam Hennessy that the best possible preparation for the Irish provinces and the Irish National Squad in the lead into the resumption of European competitions and the Six Nations Championship is a period of rest, recovery and maintenance over the next two weeks.