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Avoiding All Blacks a bonus, but Australia and Wales will leave England drained – World Cup draw comment

Avoiding All Blacks a bonus, but punishing group phase against Aussies and Wales will leave England drained

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16:41 GMT, 3 December 2012

The only good thing about the draw for England and Wales is that they avoided the mighty All Blacks. Otherwise it’s a pairing no one wanted so early in the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

Just to add spice to the pool. England and Wales will also have to tackle Australia, whose weakened team have just beaten both this autumn.

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Three years to go: England captain Chris Robshaw and head coach Stuart Lancaster were at the draw

No wonder Stuart Lancaster and Warren Gatland smiled through gritted teeth when the draw was made today in London.

Teams expect one hard game in a World Cup pool but not two. The bumps and bruises to body and mind might leave all three thoroughly drained.

Only the top two will go forward to the quarter-finals, so one of the three big crowd pullers is going to miss out which will give organisers, eager to fill the vaults of the International Rugby Board, logistical nightmares.

Elsewhere, the draw was kind to the other home countries. Scotland can see a path to a quarter-final berth if they beat Samoa, irrespective of how they go against South Africa in Pool B.

Group phase: England will face Wales and Australia in the initial exchanges

Group phase: England will face Wales and Australia in the initial exchanges

Group phase: England will face Wales and Australia in the initial exchanges

Ireland will also be reasonably pleased though they must overcome at least Italy to escape from Pool D even if they are overpowered by France.

The happiest group at the draw in London’s Tate Modern will be the All Blacks.

They may have had their unbeaten run ruined by England on Saturday, but they will be heading home knowing they have an excellent draw for the 2015 shindig.

The All Blacks have been paired alongside Argentina and Tonga. Unless they start a slide not known in their history, the men in black will start the tournament in three years’ time as favourites.

Swan song: England ended the autumn internationals with a stunning win over New Zealand at Twickenham

Swan song: England ended the autumn internationals with a stunning win over New Zealand at Twickenham

Swan song: England ended the autumn internationals with a stunning win over New Zealand at Twickenham

New York marathon takes place despite Hurricane Sandy wreckage

New York marathon to go ahead despite devastation caused by Superstorm Sandy

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11:41 GMT, 2 November 2012

The New York City Marathon will go ahead as planned on Sunday despite the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy which swept up the East coast at the beginning of the week.

The monstrous storm has left the lower half of Manhattan without power and there are plenty of logistical questions yet to be answered, but New York Road Runners president Mary Wittenberg has confirmed the race will go ahead.

If anything, she argued, the race was more important now than before. 'To us the marathon really epitomizes the spirit of New York City, the vitality, the tenacity, the determination of New Yorkers,' she said.

Marathon clear-up: Damage in the New York City borough of Queens, where fire destroyed around 100 houses and many more were flooded

Marathon clear-up: Damage in the New York City borough of Queens, where fire destroyed around 100 houses and many more were flooded

It will be great news for the near 50,000 men and women who have spent up to nine months training for the race, but the event will be undoubtedly tinged with sadness after so many have lost their life.

Organisers are still assessing the damage left by Superstorm Sandy and how it will affect logistical plans, such as getting runners into the city and transporting them to the start line on Staten Island.

Most of the city's 23 subway lines are operational or near-operational – though none below 34th Street, an area that includes the terminal for the ferries that go to Staten Island.

High winds: The superstorm threatened to wreck the 2012 edition of the New York marathon

High winds: The superstorm threatened to wreck the 2012 edition of the New York marathon

New York mayor Michael Bloomberg wants the race to go ahead, as many small business depend on the influx of tourists and runners, but some athletes feel torn over whether to attend the race – or even if it is right that the race goes ahead.

Some fun runners are concerned that the race will pull resources away from where it is really needed.

Wittenberg said she expected the field would be smaller than the 47,500 who ran last year because some entrants would not be able to make it to New York, but added that so far organizers had received no more cancellations than normal.

Flashback: The runners cross Verrazano Narrows Bridge in last year's race

Flashback: The runners cross Verrazano Narrows Bridge in last year's race

In 2001, the race took place only seven weeks after the 9/11 terrorist attacks that shook the entire country.

The 43rd marathon is set to include three Olympic medalists and the women's world champion.

Kenya's Wilson Kipsang won bronze in the Olympic men's marathon; his challengers will include 2011 Chicago Marathon champion, Moses Mosop of Kenya, and 2010 New York winner, Gebre Gebremariam of Ethiopia.

Picking up the pieces: Workers assemble the finish line for the marathon in Central Park

Picking up the pieces: Workers assemble the finish line for the marathon in Central Park

Ethiopia's Tiki Gelana won gold and Russia's Tatyana Arkhipova was third in the women's race in London. Edna Kiplagat of Kenya won the world title a year earlier.

Roy Hodgson says World Cup in Brazil will be cold

Going to the World Cup in Brazil Wrap up well, says England boss Hodgson

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21:49 GMT, 24 August 2012

Brazilian World Cup: sunshine, carnivals and a festival of football Not according to Roy Hodgson, who has advised taking a fur coat and trying to keep clear of mosquitos if England qualify for the 2014 tournament.

The England manager warned on Friday of the 'major logistical problem' posed by holding a World Cup in such a ‘vast country’, pointing out the potential difficulties of playing group games in Manaus in the north and Porto Alegre, some 2,000 miles away on the southern coast.

Hodgson praised the 'added spice' of travelling to a host nation ‘dominated by football’, but admitted day-to-day plans could be challenging if England are successful in qualifying for the next World Cup.
He said: ‘They’ve got a major logistical problem on their hands. It’s a vast country. There’s going to be enormous difficulties for the teams that qualify, according to where they’re drawn.

Looking forward: Hodgson attends a press conference with Northern Ireland's Michael O'Neill, Scotland's Craig Levein and Wales boss Chris Coleman

Looking forward: Hodgson attends a press conference with Northern Ireland's Michael O'Neill, Scotland's Craig Levein and Wales boss Chris Coleman

Put your shirt on us: Messrs Hodgson, O'Neill, Levein and Coleman will be desperate to lead their teams to the next World Cup

Put your shirt on us: Messrs Hodgson, O'Neill, Levein and Coleman will be desperate to lead their teams to the next World Cup

‘You’ve got to remember, it’s the Brazilian winter. If you’re down in Porto Alegre, you’ll going to need a fur coat because it snows and temperatures reach single figures, certainly, and maybe even sometimes lower.

‘And if you find yourself in Manaus then you won’t be sunbathing but you will find 45 or 50 degrees of heat and plenty of mosquitos as well, being near the Amazon jungle.’

Hodgson went with the FA party on their third official visit to Brazil this summer, which included attending a community scheme in the Morro dos Prazeres favela in Rio de Janeiro.

The FA have already identified three potential base camps and hope their grassroots work will help persuade the local organising committee to award them one of their preferred choices.

Roy Hodgson

Roy Hodgson

The main man: Hodgson watches England's friendly clash with Italy earlier this month (left), and attends a press conference on Friday (right)

Hodgson said hotels would be a
‘challenge’ because national teams might not be able to achieve the
level of privacy they desire, but the FA stressed they have ‘no concerns
over what will be delivered’.

Hodgson will name his squad for England’s first World Cup qualifier, away against Moldova on September 7, next Thursday.

The
England manager confirmed he will select John Terry, despite the FA
charges of using racially abusive language that still hang over the
Chelsea defender. Terry is set,
however, to miss his side’s Barclays Premier League fixture against
Newcastle with a neck injury and is also suspended for Chelsea’s UEFA
Super Cup match against Atletico Madrid next Friday.

What a city: Rio will host the World Cup final in 2014

What a city: Rio will host the World Cup final in 2014

The England game would, therefore, be Terry’s first since last Wednesday’s 4-2 league victory over Reading. Hodgson also stressed he will not automatically discount players who are not playing regularly in their clubs’ first teams. This is particularly prevalent when it comes to strikers, with the likes of Andy Carroll, Danny Welbeck, Daniel Sturridge and Jermain Defoe not necessarily first choice in the Premier League.

Speaking at the Vauxhall Road to
Brazil 2014 media conference, the England manager said: ‘The most
important thing is they are fit. ‘Whether they play is up to their club coaches and up to them, to a certain extent, as well.

Key man: John Terry, here in action for Chelsea against Reading, is set to play for England next month

Key man: John Terry, here in action for Chelsea against Reading, is set to play for England next month

‘The transfer window has not closed yet, so who knows if those players will still be with the club at the end of the transfer window

‘The bottom line is I shall choose from the players who can do the job.

‘If they are not playing for their club team that will be a disadvantage but it won’t necessarily preclude them from playing (for England).’

Arsenal"s Bacary Sagna, Lukas Podolski, Per Mertesacker dancing in Lagos, Nigeira

Twinkle toes! Sagna, Podolski and Mertesacker get on their dancing shoes in Nigeria

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08:51 GMT, 30 July 2012

Pre-season is all about getting into shape in time for the new campaign. Sessions in the gym, light ball work, a couple of low intensity friendlies… dancing.

Away from the watchful eye of manager Arsene Wenger, some of Arsenal's first-team stars are enjoying a far less gruelling preparation than their friends in the Far East.

Best foot forward: Bacary Sagna, Per Mertesacker and Lukas Podolski have shown off their skills

Best foot forward: Bacary Sagna, Per Mertesacker and Lukas Podolski have shown off their skills

Best foot forward: Bacary Sagna, Per Mertesacker and Lukas Podolski have shown off their skills

Summer signing Lukas Podolski has joined international team-mate Per Mertesacker, as well as Bacary Sagna, in a relationship-building trip to Nigeria. The new boy probably hopes all training sessions are as fun as this!

The players are in the capital city Lagos, honouring a commitment the club made despite a proposed fixture having to be canned over logistical concerns.

As well as meeting fans, Sagna, Podolski and Mertesacker took part in the 'Malta Guinness Low Sugar Workout' at Eko Hotel, strutting their stuff much to the amusement of those watching. Even the 6'7'' German defender showed he had great feet for a big man.

Making a point: Arsenal sent the first-team stars to Nigeria on a relationship-building trip

Making a point: Arsenal sent the first-team stars to Nigeria on a relationship-building trip

Making a point: Arsenal sent the first-team stars to Nigeria on a relationship-building trip

While the toe-tapping trio threw some shapes, the rest of the Arsenal squad were preparing to make their way back to London following an indifferent run of results in Malaysia, China and Hong Kong.

The Gunners have just one more friendly in the diary – against Cologne next week – before the season starts against Sunderland at Emirates Stadium on August 18.

Meanwhile, in the Far East: The rest of the squad have been in China, Malaysia and Hong Kong

Meanwhile, in the Far East: The rest of the squad have been in China, Malaysia and Hong Kong

John Henry says new Liverpool stadium will not transform finances

Liverpool chief Henry claims building new stadium will not transform club finances

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13:41 GMT, 15 June 2012

Liverpool's principal owner John Henry insists it is a myth that a new stadium will transform the club's financial fortunes.

The lead figure in Fenway Sports Group has suggested a new-build in Stanley Park would most likely lead to increased ticket prices, quoting recent examples taken from the United States.

Henry believes the best way of improving the Reds' ability to compete financially is through worldwide commercial revenue streams and their long-term future is not dependent on the stadium issue, which casts doubt over whether the long-mooted Stanley Park project will ever come to fruition.

Wisdom: John Henry says a new stadium may not change Liverpool's financial situation

Wisdom: John Henry says a new stadium may not change Liverpool's financial situation

'A long-term myth has existed about the financial impact of a new stadium for Liverpool,” the American wrote in an email to The Anfield Wrap website.

'A belief has grown that Liverpool FC must have a new stadium to compete with (Manchester) United, Arsenal and others.

'No-one has ever addressed whether or not a new stadium is rational.

'New stadiums that are publicly-financed make sense for clubs – I've never heard of a club turning down a publicly-financed stadium.

'But privately carrying new stadiums is an enormous challenge. Arsenal is centred in a very wealthy city with a metropolitan population of approximately 14 million people.

'They did a tremendous job of carrying it off on a number of levels but how many new football stadiums with more than 30,000 seats have been built in the UK over the past decade or so

'New stadiums increase revenues primarily by raising ticket prices – especially premium seating.'

Henry accepts there is a balancing act to be done when considering the worth of a new stadium against a redevelopment of Anfield, which presents numerous logistical problems.

'We've been exploring a new stadium for the past 18 months. At one point we made it clear that if a naming rights deal could be secured of sufficient size, we would make every effort to build a new facility,' he added.

Visions: A potential new Anfield

Visions: A potential new Anfield

'Liverpool FC has an advantage in being a global club and a naming rights deal could make a new stadium a reality.

'It is something we are working on. There has been interest.

'Going in the other direction, many football clubs have successfully enlarged their seating capacity.

'LFC has had plans to expand the main stand at Anfield but this avenue has been very difficult for the club over the past couple of decades.

'There are homes behind the main stand. Expansion of the main stand would have to be a priority for the city, community and immediate neighbourhood in order for that to occur.

'This issue is vital to the neighbourhood's future but we cannot and will not act unilaterally.

'While a new stadium or an expansion of Anfield is beneficial over the long-term for the club, the financial impact of adding seats and amenities should be put into perspective.

Hunting ground: Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard at Anfield

Hunting ground: Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard at Anfield

'That's why I say that it is a myth that stadium issues are going to magically transform LFC's fortunes.

'Building new or refurbishing Anfield is going to lead to an increase from 40million of match-day revenue to perhaps 60-70m if you don't factor in debt service.

'That would certainly help but it's just one component of LFC long-term fortunes.

'Our future is based not on a stadium issue but on building a strong football club that can compete with anyone in Europe.

'This will be principally driven financially by our commercial strengths globally.'

Euro 2012: Gary Neville says England WAG culture not welcome

Wave goodbye to the WAGs! Neville promises to avoid repeat of Baden Baden debacle

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14:53 GMT, 31 May 2012

England coach Gary Neville has vowed that there will never be any repeat of the WAGs debacle at the 2006 World Cup in Germany.

As with this summer, six years ago, England opted to base themselves in an accessible location for a major tournament, the rather genteel spa resort of Baden Baden, close to the Black Forest.

However, England's presence was completely overshadowed by that of their glamorous wives and girlfriends, who became a magnet for photographers and a massive distraction.

Jobs for the boys: Gary Neville has vowed to help avoid a repeat of the WAG culture that blighted England's World Cup campaign in 2006

Jobs for the boys: Gary Neville has vowed to help avoid a repeat of the WAG culture that blighted England's World Cup campaign in 2006

Jobs for the boys: Gary Neville has vowed to help avoid a repeat of the WAG culture that blighted England's World Cup campaign in 2006

Poland's second city Krakow may not hold the same appeal and, a combination of the logistical difficulties of getting to matches taking place in Ukraine – a two-hour flight away – and the potential for racism has led some families to make a decision to stay away altogether.

Whether the lure of Brazil in 2014 raises the WAGs issue once more is open to debate.

Neville, part of that England squad in Germany which bowed out to Portugal in a quarter-final penalty shoot-out, is confident those chaotic scenes are a thing of the past.

'That won't happen again,' he said. 'The FA learned from the experience in 2006. The England team did. The England players did. That wasn't ideal for anybody.

'It was symptomatic of the times. Between 2002 and 2007 everyone got carried away with everything in life.

'It is a different world now and those mistakes won't happen again under any manager or any regime. The platform won't be given.

WAGs on tour: England players' partners provided a daily sideshow to the World Cup

WAGs on tour: England players' partners provided a daily sideshow to the World Cup

'We are managing it this time in a completely different way. We are here to play football. We are here to work.'

England's response to Baden Baden was to shut their players away in the relative isolation of Rustenburg in South Africa. That did not work either, with many players complaining of boredom.

So, when they leave England on June 6, they will do so for the centre of a city with approximately 750,000 inhabitants.

Yet, according to Neville, this is the only way to replicate the normal day-to-day experiences of the England squad, and get the best out of them.

'Players would not pen themselves into a countryside location between a Saturday and Tuesday game for their clubs,' he said. 'That is the big message, to have players doing what they would normally do.

'You can never replicate the home environment but in terms of being free to go for a coffee or to the shops – we should embrace it, even though it has never been done before.'

Out and about: Players were given plenty of freedom to mingle with their other half around the town of Baden Baden, near where the team hotel was based

Out and about: Players were given plenty of freedom to mingle with their other half around the town of Baden Baden, near where the team hotel was based

Out and about: Players were given plenty of freedom to mingle with their other half around the town of Baden Baden, near where the team hotel was based

Though he went to five major tournaments as a player during an 85-cap England career he regards as 'a waste of time' in the sense of never winning anything, this will be Neville's first as a coach.

It represents a giant leap of faith from manager Roy Hodgson, who knows the 37-year-old has no relevant coaching experience.

Hodgson was attracted to Neville though because of his astute observations in his role as a TV pundit on Sky.

Yet, during that time, the former Manchester United full-back has made many forceful comments about most of the 23-man squad he is now trying to get the most from.

'I don't think the players are too fragile,' said Neville. 'Yes, at some point I will have highlighted a mistake from every player in this squad, or praised them. But football players are very honest.

All ends in tears: England again fell at the quarter-final stage at Germany 2006

All ends in tears: England again fell at the quarter-final stage at Germany 2006

'If someone makes a mistake in a big game millions around the world will have seen it, plus their own coaches, own fans, family, themselves.

'The last thing they will be worried about is me sat in a little glass box saying something. A lot more questions were being asked about me and my role at Sky 12 months ago.

'I had been at United for 20 years and I was still an ambassador. How was I ever going to talk openly and honestly about Manchester United's players and their opponents

'I would like to think I have proved I am impartial and can speak openly. As long as you are fair and honest across the board I don't think anyone has a problem, although the real proof will come next season.

'That is when I have to prove I can handle both of these roles. But I am not worried about it at all.'

Euro 2012: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain"s family fear racism

Euro race fears drive Oxlade-Chamberlain's family away

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21:55 GMT, 24 May 2012

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's family have joined Theo Walcott's relatives in staying at home during the European Championship for fear of being victims of racial abuse in Ukraine.

The news comes as the PFA announced plans to allow clubs to sack players if they are found guilty of racist behaviour.

Family fears: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (left) with manager Roy Hodgson at Thursday's England training session

Family fears: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (left) with manager Roy Hodgson at Thursday's England training session

Walcott's brother Ashley confirmed on Twitter last week that he and his father Don would not take the risk after public warnings from the Foreign Office.

On Thursday Whitehall officials reiterated their concerns and Joleon Lescott, one of eight black players in the England squad, revealed that other families, like that of Oxlade-Chamberlain, are opting to stay away.

The Foreign Office launched a free guide to fans for Euro 2012 on Thursday. Two of the recommendations in the 130-page guide are:

Travellers of Asian or Afro-Caribbean descent and individuals belonging to religious minorities should take extra care.
Although homosexuality is legal in Ukraine, public attitudes are less tolerant than in the UK and public displays of affection may attract negative attention.

Lescott said his family had decided to stay at home before the warnings were issued, simply for logistical reasons.

'It was quite alarming to see the reports about the situation out there,' he said.

'But even before the reports, my family weren't going anyway. Maybe if I'm playing and we get to the final, my family will want to go.

'But it's a shame for some members of the squad that their families feel they can't go.'

Racism fears: The families Theo Walcott (left) and Joleon Lescott (right) are staying at home

Racism fears: The families Theo Walcott (left) and Joleon Lescott (right) are staying at home

Racism fears: The families of Walcott (left) and Lescott (right) will stay at home

The PFA are getting tough on domestic racism after a season marred by allegations against Luis Suarez and John Terry.

Gordon Taylor, the union's chief executive, is pressing for a small but significant amendment to the standard player's contract clearing the way for clubs to dismiss players guilty of racism without fear of a legal response.

Under the new regulations, the language used by Suarez towards Patrice Evra, which led to an eight-match ban, would be a sackable offence, as would that allegedly used by Terry in the direction Anton Ferdinand.

Terry, who has been stripped of the England captaincy over the case which will be heard in court in July, denies the charge.

Learning lessons: Gordon Taylor vocal in calling for change

Learning lessons: Gordon Taylor vocal in calling for change

Taylor said: 'It's about learning from what's happened this year. It's not been a good year and it's still hanging around with the captaincy.

'There has been strong feeling among all members, particularly young black players, that it's time to progress.

'This will raise the bar and make it a lot more focused. We don't want any ambiguity.'

Taylor's proposal will be raised in July and requires approval from the PFA, the FA, the Premier League and the Football League.

England face playing in empty stadiums as fans "can"t afford" trip to Euro 2012

England face playing in empty stadiums as fans 'can't afford' trip to Euro finals

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22:26 GMT, 8 March 2012

England are facing up to the prospect of launching their Euro 2012 campaign against France in a near empty stadium as fears about ticket sales in Ukraine accelerate.

Thousands of seats remain unsold for the first Group D game in Donetsk's 50,000-seater Donbass Arena on June 11 with UEFA officials blaming extortionate hotel prices, logistical difficulties and the recession.

It is an unusual position for the England team who are accustomed to playing their tournament games around the globe before full houses.

Deep pockets needed: England fans face a hefty bill for travelling to Euro 2012

Deep pockets needed: England fans face a hefty bill for travelling to Euro 2012

'France against England in Euro 2004 was the hottest ticket of the whole tournament,' said David Taylor, chief executive of UEFA events. 'It was the same when England played in the 2006 World Cup and now we have them playing in Donetsk and neither France nor England have taken their ticket allocation.

'It is a big stadium and it's incredible really. This is one of the games we are worried about in terms of having rows of empty seats.'

England, traditionally among the best supported teams, is well short of selling their 7,500 ticket allocation for the France game.

They have not sold their allocation for any of the three group games even though the original deadline was extended from February to March.

The key problem in the Ukraine is that hotel rooms are in short supply and those available have increased their prices ten-fold. The Radisson in Donetsk is charging media organisations nearly 1,000 a night.

Strong support: England fans are usually among the highest in number at major international tournaments

Strong support: England fans are usually among the highest in number at major international tournaments

Fans can book a hostel in Donetsk on match night for 500 or stay more than 30 miles away in one-star accommodation for 240. In Kiev, where England play their second game against Sweden on June 15, the Ibis, where rooms normally cost less than 50 a night, is charging 550.

Guesthouses are cashing in with prices close to 1,000 a night and the advice from UEFA is for fans to consider campsites and dormitory accommodation.

Taylor, formerly chief executive of the Scottish FA, said: 'All we can do is try and speak to the Ukrainian government and tell them this is happening.

'We've told them: “Do you realise what is going to happen” We've warned them the income in the country is going to be much, much less than we were forecasting.

'If you want the visitors, people there, they've got to apply some local pressure to the hoteliers to make them be more realistic.

New venue: David Taylor (centre) speaking at the National Stadium in Warsaw

New venue: David Taylor (centre) speaking at the National Stadium in Warsaw

'They will have to be in the end because the rooms are empty but it might be too late by then because people will have decided not to travel by then.

'They are playing with fire. will open.

The only teams not represented by their coaches were England, who sent Sir Trevor Brooking, and Ukraine.

SIX NATIONS 2012: France unchanged for Scotland

Saint-Andre names unchanged side for Scotland clash as France await new Irish date

France manager Philippe Saint-Andre has retained the same squad that was due to face Ireland last weekend for his side's clash with Scotland at Murrayfield on February 26.

Saturday's match in Paris was called off minutes before kick-off due to a frozen pitch at the Stade de France.

Off: France's home tie with Ireland was postponed due to the frozen pitch

Off: France's home tie with Ireland was postponed due to the frozen pitch

FRANCE SQUAD

Forwards: David Attoub, Vincent Debaty, Nicolas Mas, Jean-Baptiste Poux, William Servat, Dimitri Szarzewski, Pascal Pape, Yoann Maestri, Lionel Nallet, Julien Bonnaire, Thierry Dusautoir (captain), Louis Picamoles, Imanol Harinordoquy.

Backs: Morgan Parra, Julien Dupuy, Francois Trinh-Duc, Lionel Beauxis, Aurelien Rougerie, Maxime Mermoz, Wesley Fofana, Vincent Clerc, Julien Malzieu, Maxime Medard.

A new date has yet to be set, with the Six Nations Committee, set to make an announcement on Tuesday or Wednesday.

In a statement released on Monday, they said: 'Further to a meeting of the Six Nations Council today, we can confirm
that the postponed RBS 6 Nations France versus Ireland match will not
take place this weekend (Feb 17/18/19).

'A further meeting of the Council will take place tomorrow [Tuesday] to hopefully resolve the issues of rescheduling and ticket policy.

'There
are very significant logistical issues arising from this situation, and
we would wish to be in a position to give a comprehensive clarification
following the meeting.'

France opened their campaign with a 30-12 victory over Italy.

Six Nations 2012: France v Ireland set for start of March

France v Ireland clash set for start of March as Six Nations chiefs rule out slot this weekend

The postponed RBS 6 Nations game between France and Ireland will not take place next weekend.

It follows a meeting of the Six Nations Council on Monday, almost 48 hours after Saturday's match at Stade de France in Paris was postponed by English referee Dave Pearson 10 minutes before the scheduled 8pm kick-off.

Saturday, March 3 remains the most likely new date, although there will be no confirmation of that – or otherwise – until Tuesday at the earliest.

Frozen out: The match was called off with just minutes to go until kick-off

Frozen out: The match was called off with just minutes to go until kick-off

In a statement, the Six Nations said: 'Further to a meeting of the Six Nations Council today, we can confirm that the postponed RBS 6 Nations France versus Ireland match will not take place this weekend (Feb 17/18/19).

'A further meeting of the Council will take place tomorrow to hopefully resolve the issues of rescheduling and ticket policy.

'There are very significant logistical issues arising from this situation, and we would wish to be in a position to give a comprehensive clarification following the meeting.'

March 3, which is thought to be the favoured date, might not prove a trouble-free alternative.

Anger: French supporters show thier disgust at the late decision

Anger: French supporters show thier disgust at the late decision

That weekend clashes with a round of domestic Top 14 rugby action in France, and leading clubs are thought to be vehemently opposed to losing their star players for fixtures that include Clermont Auvergne v Toulouse, Brive v Stade Francais and Agen v Perpignan.

A March 3 rescheduling, accompanied by a probable early evening kick-off, would also see France and Ireland playing Six Nations games on four successive weekends.

There is no Six Nations programme next weekend, but France could then be left facing Scotland, Ireland, England and Wales on the bounce, with Ireland meeting Italy, France, Scotland and finally England.