Sporting Digest: Rugby Union

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The Independent Online
GARY HALPIN, Ireland's replacement prop for the Five Nations match against Wales on Saturday, yesterday failed a fitness test and dropped out of the squad with an Achilles tendon strain. The London Irish player's place on the bench will be taken by Paul McCarthy, of Cork Constitution.

CLUB MATCHES: Kilmarnock 22 Clarkston 8; Ayr 10 Glasgow High 26 (abandoned after 70 min). Cancelled: Preston Lodge v West of Scotland; Heriot's FP v Edinburgh Wanderers.