Autumn Nations Cup: What happens if matches are cancelled?

There are widespread reports that the France and Fiji clash will be postponed due to a Covid-19 outbreak in the Fijian camp.

Organisers said on Thursday that they “do not envisage a cancellation at this time” but a significant increase in positive cases would force their hand.

However, France have cancelled their news conference, during which coach Fabien Galthie was due to announce the team to face Fiji in Vannes.

The French federation said the news conference was cancelled “due to exceptional circumstances”.

Fiji rugby said earlier on Friday that one of their players had tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

Autumn Nations Cup: What happens if matches are cancelled?

With no room in the schedule for the match to be rearranged it would have to be scratched if it cannot go ahead on Sunday. 

The game will be counted as a 0-0 draw, similar to what happened during the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

The tournament rulebook states: “Where a pool match cannot be commenced on the day in which it is scheduled, it shall not be postponed to the following day, and shall be considered as cancelled.”


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