BREAKING NEWS: Ireland’s Six Nations clash with Italy is called OFF as Irish government take decision in a bid to minimise spread of coronavirus after it sweeps across opponent’s homeland
Ireland’s Six Nations clash with Italy has been postponed, it has been confirmed Irish government’s public health emergency team said it should not be playedIrish health minister Simon Harris said game would pose a ‘significant risk’
Ireland’s Six Nations clash with Italy in Dublin has been called off amid fears over the coronavirus.
The deadly epidemic has swept through northern parts of Italy, and in a bid to prevent the disease reaching their shores, the Irish government have taken the step to postpone the game on March 7.
Both the women’s Six Nations and Under 20s clashes have also been cancelled.
Ireland’s Six Nations clash with Italy on March 7 has been called off due to the coronavirus
It leaves this season’s competition in chaos, with no date set for when the game will take place.
IRFU chief Philip Browne revealed they are working with the Six Nations in an attempt to find a date to reschedule the fixtures, but there are no details on when that may be.
In his statement, Browne said: ‘We had a very positive meeting with [Irish health minister] Mr [Simon] Harris and his advisors where we requested an instruction as to the staging of the Ireland v Italy international matches over the weekend of 6-8 March.