Ireland vs Italy Six Nations games will not go ahead due to coronavirus concerns 1 month ago

Ireland vs Italy Six Nations games will not go ahead due to coronavirus concerns

"We will immediately begin to work with our Six Nations partners to look at the possibility of rescheduling the matches and would hope to have an update on this in the coming days."

Ireland's scheduled Six Nations clashes against Italy will not go ahead over concerns related to the coronavirus.

The men's, women's and under-20 matches, due to take place across the weekend of 6 - 8 March, were officially called off on Wednesday afternoon (26 February) following Minister for Health Simon Harris' calls on Tuesday for a postponement.

Speaking on Wednesday, Chief Executive of the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) Philip Browne noted that his organisation acted in tandem with the government's "need to protect public health" in relation to the coronavirus.

Browne added that the IRFU will work to reschedule the Ireland/Italy game and hope to provide an update in due course.

You can read the IRFU statement in full below.

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

"At the outset we made it clear that the IRFU was supportive of the government's need to protect public health in relation to the coronavirus.

"We were then advised, formally, that the National Public Health Emergency team has determined that the series of matches should not proceed, in the interests of Public Health. The IRFU is happy to comply with this instruction.

"We will immediately begin to work with our Six Nations partners to look at the possibility of rescheduling the matches and would hope to have an update on this in the coming days."