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Watch: Dean Richards Hard At It Clearing Snow Before Gloucester v Falcons Clash

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The arctic weather conditions which have hit the UK and Ireland hard over the last couple of days have played havoc with this weekend’s rugby fixtures. 

Five fixtures in the Guinness PRO14 have been postponed with only the Southern Kings and the Cheetahs respective fixtures taking place because of the dry and warm condition in South Africa.

No fixtures have been postponed as of yet in the Aviva Premiership but some have been pushed back to Sunday in order to give everyone more time to make sure that playing surfaces and access to respective grounds are safe for supporters.

Today, there are two Premiership fixtures scheduled – Northampton Saints v Sale Sharks and Gloucester v Newcastle Falcons.

With Gloucester’s clash with the Falcons set for a 3 pm kick-off, ground staff are hard at it to make sure the pitch is playable, and that includes Falcons’ Director of Rugby Dean Richards and the coaching staff who are getting their hands dirty with volunteers to make sure the game goes ahead.

This isn’t the first time Richards has made sure his side get out on the rugby pitch. When the Falcons were taking on Enisei-STM in Tbilisi for their Round 6 Challenge Cup tie, the squad’s bus got stuck in a ditch in Turkey when they were on their to the airport to get a connecting flight to Georgia.

Again, Richards and the Falcons squad made sure nothing was going to stop them fulfilling that fixture as they tried their best to get the bus out of the ditch.

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Author: Sean McMahon

Sean is Deputy Editor and head rugby writer. You can contact him by email seanmc@punditarena.com or on Twitter