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.
"Galway will feel like St Tropez!" @connachtrugby brave freezing temperatures in Siberia during #ChallengeCup clash. https://t.co/sVoyjeR47X
— 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.
Another day in Russia. Hope to have flight out tomorrow (Mon). Brive prep has started now. #stranded #RoadToGalway pic.twitter.com/BGlWcw95KY — Connacht Rugby (@connachtrugby) November 15, 2015
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.
No sleep, card games and prudo keeping us sane..Energy levels at all time low.. BO levels at an all time high..? #StrandedInMoscow #kanegleb
— John Muldoon (@JohnMuldoon8) November 16, 2015
At this rate, we'll be home for kick off on Saturday, #StrandedInMoscow#Shambles#RoadToGalway — 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.
Still stranded in Moscow, still a happy camp but Kain Gleb is starting to lose his marbles #bewareofthegleb#RoadToGalway — Aly Muldowney (@AlyMuldowney) November 16, 2015
Is it time for the government to sent a jet out to Moscow. We'll keep you abreast of developments in this ongoing situation.