The French Sports minister has revealed France’s 2020 Six Nations clash against Ireland has been postponed.
It follows the disruption of Ireland’s clash against Italy and England’s trip to face the Italians in Rome.
The coronavirus has been disrupting a number of sporting fixtures around the world as the cases continue to rack up, with the Indian Wells tennis tournament also pushed back.
The number of Covid-19 cases in Europe has rapidly increased in recent days.
Confirmed: France v Ireland has bee postponed— Alex Lowe (@AlexMLowe) March 9, 2020
France v Ireland is off— Sonja McLaughlan (@Sonjamclaughlan) March 9, 2020
In Italy, the worst-affected European country, 7,375 people have so far been confirmed to have contracted the virus, with an exclusion zone in the north of the country enforced on Monday.
In France, 19 deaths and 1,126 cases of Covid-19 have been recorded as of Sunday evening.
According to RUCK sources, the Six Nations committee could now decide to postpone the last day of matches until Halloween with Wales vs Scotland the only fixture still set to go ahead. .
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Mind-Blowing Facts You Never Knew About The Six Nations
1. Sharing is caring
Prior to 1994, teams equal on match points shared the championship. 1973 was the only year in which there was a five-way tie, with each side winning two matches and losing two.
2. Trophy trouble
The inside of the trophy used between 1993 and 2015 was silver but was recently replaced with 22 carat gold due to the repeated erosion from the Champagne. They even added a lip around the rim to aid drinking from it!
3. New trophy
4. Try machine
The record for tries in a match is held by Scotsman George Lindsay who scored five tries against Wales in 1887