Italy v England clash in Rome postponed
ENGLAND’S final Six Nations encounter against Italy in Rome next week has been postponed amid fears over the coronavirus outbreak, tournament organisers said yesterday.
The game had been due to be played without fans present after an Italian government ruling this week on all sports events, but organisers decided to postpone the match. Italy’s game in Ireland tomorrow had already been postponed.
“Six Nations notes the decree issued by the Italian government with respect to all upcoming sporting events in that country,” Six Nations organisers said in a statement. “The decision has now been taken to postpone the three matches between Italy and England (men’s, women’s and Under-20) set to take place over the weekend of 13/14/15th March, with the intention to reschedule them at later dates.
“Based on the information that is currently available, all other Six Nations matches are set to go ahead as scheduled. As previously stated, Six Nations fully intends to complete all 15 games across all three championships when time allows.”
About 20 000 England fans had been expected to make the trip to Rome.
There is no obvious date when the fixtures could be played, with a crowded club and international calendar rolling from the domestic season straight into southern hemisphere tours.