Premiership rugby the latest to release statement on Coronavirus

STATEMENT:

The welfare of our fans, players and staff is our first concern, and we are working in close contact with DCMS, Public Health England and World Health Organisation; following all the experts’ advice.

Based on this advice, and in consultation with the teams, we have decided to run the Premiership Rugby Cup this Sunday at the AJ Bell Stadium, as planned.

We will continue to work closely with government on a schedule for the remainder of the season, should the guidance on sporting events change.

We will keep updating our plans with new information as it is released, and ensure our clubs and fans are updated with developments as soon as they happen.

List of Rugby union events affected by coronavirus outbreak

The following is a list of rugby union affected by a coronavirus outbreak, which has killed more than 1,800 people and infected more than 70,000 in China after emerging late last year in Wuhan, Hubei province.

Six Nations: Ireland vs. Italy in Dublin on March 7; Italy vs. England in Rome on March 14; France vs. Ireland in Paris on March 14, postponed.

Women’s Six Nations: Italy vs. Scotland in Legnano on Feb. 23; Scotland vs. France in Glasgow on March 7; Ireland vs. Italy in Dublin on March 8; Italy vs. England in Padua on March 15; Wales vs. Scotland in Cardiff on March 15; France vs. Ireland in Villeneuve-d’Ascq on March 15, postponed.

European Championship: Georgia vs. Russia will now be played behind closed doors

Pro14: Zebre vs. Ospreys on Feb. 29; Treviso vs. Ulster on Feb. 29; Cardiff vs. Zebre on March 21; Treviso vs. Munster on March 21; Munster vs. Treviso on March 27; Zebre vs. Connacht on March 27, postponed.

CONTINUES ON PAGE 2