Ireland vs Italy Six Nations fixture postponed after Italy coronavirus outbreak

By Reuters: Wednesday, February 26th 2020 at 20:07 GMT +3 | Football
Italy and Ireland players line up before the match. [Courtesy]

The Irish Rugby Football Union said on Wednesday it has postponed the country’s Six Nations fixture against Italy due to the coronavirus outbreak in northern Italy, following a recommendation from Irish health authorities.

“The IRFU is perfectly happy to comply with this instruction. We will immediately begin to work with our Six Nations partners to look to reschedule. I would hope to have an update on that in the coming days,” IRFU chief executive Philip Browne told reporters after a meeting with the health minister.

The game was scheduled to take place in Dublin on March 7 with thousands of Italian supporters, many from the regions most effected by the outbreak, expected to make the trip.

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