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Six Nations clash called off due to Coronavirus

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26th February, 2020

The Six Nations clash between Ireland and Italy this weekend has been called off due to an outbreak of coronavirus in northern Italy.

The Irish Rugby Football Union 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,” IRFU chief executive Philip Browne told reporters after a meeting with the health minister.

“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.”

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.