Six Nations: Ireland vs Italy game postponed due to fears over coronavirus outbreak

  • Alex Batt

Ireland vs Italy in the Six Nations on March 7 will no longer go ahead due to fears over the spread of the Coronavirus.

The Italians were set to travel to Dublin for next weekend’s game, their penultimate match of the tournament, but it has now been confirmed that the game won’t go ahead.

The Coronavirus has started to spread around the world rapidly, with Italy the latest country to suffer an outbreak, so it comes as no surprise that the decision has been made to cancel the match.

The decision to postpone the game has come after the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) had a meeting with Irish health minister Simon Harris and his advisers on Wednesday.

In a statement, the IRFU said: “The IRFU had a positive meeting with Minister Harris and his advisers today, where we requested a formal instruction as to the staging of the Ireland v Italy international matches over the weekend of March 6/8.

“At the outset we made it clear that the IRFU was supportive of the Governments’ need to protect public health in relation to the coronavirus.”

No date has been announced as of writing this article for when the match will take place.

It also raises questions over whether England will play Italy the following week in the Six Nations final, but as things stand, it’s starting to look very unlikely.

In the tournament so far, Ireland have won two and lost one, suffering defeat last time out to England, whilst Italy have lost all three of their games, scoring just 22 points.

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