After being postponed in the aftermath of the Paris terror attacks earlier this month, a number of Champions Cup fixtures have been re-arranged for the weekend of the 8th-10th of January.
While this obviously will affect Ulster and Munster given that they are actually involved, it also has could make a difference to Leinster's slim hopes of progression. The re-arrangement comes two weeks after Bath chairman Bruce Craig said that their postponed match against French giants Toulon would never happen as there wasn't a gap in the schedule until April.
Craig 'opportunism', as some suggested, has not proven effective as the Toulon clash has duly been scheduled for the same weekend as the rest of the postponed games. (Bath are due to play Sale that weekend, interestingly enough)
These re-arranged fixtures do have a knock-on effect in that they result in the postponement of domestic action for all sides involved. Ulster's game against Newport Gwent Dragons has been postponed to a later date and Munster's clash against Cardiff Blues also being put on the back burner.