England’s Six Nations clash against Italy in Rome on March 14 in round 5 could be moved away from the Italian capital, according to reports.
Large areas of Italy have gone into lockdown due to an increased number of coronavirus, with Italy Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announcing emergency measures late on Saturday. The
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The MailOnline report the fixture is now the subject of hasty contingency plans, with Six Nations officials and their counterparts from the RFU and FIR in talks about what could happen if the Italy-England match cannot be played in Rome.
The outlet reports that one source claimed the fall-back plan would be to move it to either Twickenham or Newcastle.
It comes as members of Ireland’s National Public Health Emergency team are due to meet today after doubts were raised over Ireland’s upcoming fixture against Italy next weekend, due to take place in Dublin.