Shannon await news on abandoned AIL match

Colm Kinsella

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Colm Kinsella

Garryowen have set up a Bank of Ireland Munster Senior Cup quarter-final date away to Cork Con after defeating Shannon 22-12 in their first round tie at Coonagh on Saturday
SHANNON RFC are awaiting news from the IRFU on when their AIL Division 1B fixture with Blackrock College will be re-played after the game was abandoned on Saturday following an injury to Munster back-row forward, Paddy Butler.

SHANNON RFC are awaiting news from the IRFU on when their AIL Division 1B fixture with Blackrock College will be re-played after the game was abandoned on Saturday following an injury to Munster back-row forward, Paddy Butler.

Shannon were 10-3 in front, five minutes into the second half at Stradbrook when Butler received the unfortunate injury. An ambulance was called to the venue which took some 35 minutes to arrive. The match referee deemed that following the delay, there would not be sufficient daylight to finish the game and so opted to abandon the fixture.

Shannon RFC Director of Rugby, Ian Sherwin said: “Paddy’s (Butler’s) safety is the most important thing and thankfully he is ok. We will await instructions from the IRFU on when the game will be replayed. We were five minutes into the second half.

“It was a contact injury, in the upper body area. The physio deemed it necessary that all precautions were taken. Paddy went off to St Vincent’s for an x-ray and that is all clear. He will get further consultation with the Munster crew this week, I presume. He was home last night (Saturday).

“It was a particularly cold day and with 35 minutes still to go in the game, assuming we had no more stoppages for injuries, there was a concern about light as the players would need time to warm up again. From the time the pitch would be ready to play again, the ref deemed it that we would not complete the game, so it was called off, abandoned. We were probably 35 minutes waiting for the ambulance.

“We have to go back to Stradbrook for the refixture. These things happen. Fortunately Paddy is ok. That is the most important thing from our perspective.”