Northern Ireland

Ireland v France match called off

The Six Nations rugby match between Ireland and France has been called off because of a frozen pitch.

The game at the Stade de France in Paris was abandoned 10 minutes before the starting time because it was too dangerous.

About 80,000 fans were in the stadium waiting for the match to begin on Saturday evening.

Ireland head coach Declan Kidney said he thought the referee had made the right decision.

"I believe the game will be rearranged but whether it's next week which is a real tight ask or later is for the Six Nations to decide," he said.

"I'm sure they're working on it as we speak so I would expect to hear maybe some time on Monday."

When asked about the players' reaction, he said: "International rugby isn't something where you turn up and go for a friendly jog around. But they're great lads and they'll settle down again."

It is understood that this was the first game abandoned in the tournament because of bad weather for 25 years.

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