Ireland’s Six Nations clash with Italy postponed due to coronavirus

Ireland's Six Nations clash with Italy in Dublin on March 7 has been cancelled amid fears about the widespread coronavirus.

Italy has been the country worst affected by the virus with several areas on lockdown as they look to contain the widespread disease.

They are looking to reschedule the game but are unsure as to how or when that is possible at this time.

Ireland's health minister had expressed concerns over the game prior to his cancellation when he said: “I know [it will] cause a great disappointment to many, but it is important to make decisions in relation to public health above and beyond all other considerations.”

A statement from the IRFU read: "The IRFU had a positive meeting with Minister Harris and his advisors today, where we requested a formal instruction as to the staging of the Ireland v Italy international matches over the weekend of 6/8 March.

"At the outset we made it clear that the IRFU was supportive of the Governments’ need to protect public health in relation to the Coronavirus.

"We were then advised, formally, that The National Public Health Emergency team has determined that the series of matches should not proceed, in the interests of Public Health.

"The IRFU is happy to comply with this instruction.

"We will immediately begin to work with our Six Nations partners to look at the possibility of rescheduling the matches and would hope to have an update on this in the coming days."

England are due to visit Rome to take on Italy in the final round of the Six Nations on March 14.

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