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Lots to laugh at in comic Celtic draw.

Byline: Andy Howell

THE live television draw for the semi-finals of the Celtic Cup brought back memories of previous draw gaffes from the Welsh Rugby Union and the Football Association of Wales.

Scotsman Jim Gracie, who chaired the panel doing the Celtic draw, put himself up as a candidate for a Denis Norden-style television blun- ders programmes with a series of embarrassing mistakes.

Gracie called the competition the Celtic League, said there were three semi-finalists and that all the matches would take place in December.

In fact, he was conducting a draw for the Celtic Cup, there were the standard four semi-finalists and the ties act- ually take place next month.

Gracie also broke with cup tradition as Cardiff Blues chief executive Robert Norster and the Edinburgh boss Jim McKenzie alternately picked ed out the home/away teams rather than being given a dis- tinct task.

But Norster and McKenzie both managed to keep strai-ht faces despite the comedy of errors being broadcast live by S4C.

The draw - which invol- ved no Welsh teams after the Scarlets crashed out to Connacht last Friday - might have generated one or two lau- ghs around the country.

But on the serious side, it wasn't clever from an organisation that claims to rival the efficien- cy of England's ultra-professional Zurich Premiership.

Semi-final draw:

Connacht v Edinburgh Glasgow v Ulster
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Oct 6, 2003
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