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Timisoara Saracens v Northampton Saints – match cancelled

Northampton Saints can confirm that the European Rugby Challenge Cup match against Timisoara Saracens has been cancelled owing to an unfit playing surface.

Heavy snow had rendered the pitch at the Dan Paltinisanu Stadium unplayable, leaving referee Joy Neville with no option but to cancel the fixture.

With snow continuing to fall in Romania, no alternative options were available to play the match. The Northampton Saints squad and management team are now returning to England.

The match result will be the subject of a review by EPCR which will take place in the coming days.

“While we’re disappointed of course that we’ve made the journey and not been able to play in Romania, our thanks go to the Saints supporters who have travelled here in outstanding numbers,” said Northampton Saints chief executive Mark Darbon.

“We are very grateful to them as ever for their dedication. Unfortunately the weather won out today.”

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