On Saturday, Connacht played in the European Rugby Challenge Cup in the rugby stronghold of Siberia. With their subs bench all nestled under blankets, they beat local team Enisei-STM 31-14.
The temperature was -20 C.
— BT Sport Rugby (@btsportrugby) November 15, 2015
They were supposed to fly out of Krasnoyarsk airport on Saturday evening, but the news came through that a technical fault with the plane meant they had to stay the night in the area. As of this afternoon they are still in Moscow. The Connacht rugby twitter account has told everyone that they are due to fly back today.
The most harrowing personal testimony has come from John Muldoon, whose twitter account has become the place to go for the latest updates. He has informed the world that the BO situation in the airport has become very acute.
— John Muldoon (@JohnMuldoon8) November 16, 2015
Aly Muldowney tells us that spirits are still happy but he does have fears for at least one member of the party.
Is it time for the government to sent a jet out to Moscow. We'll keep you abreast of developments in this ongoing situation.