Italy v Eng­land clash in Rome post­poned

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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.

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