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Ireland's Peter O'Mahony in action against England last weekend. Their clash with Italy, scheduled for March 7 has been postponed.
Ireland's Peter O'Mahony in action against England last weekend. Their clash with Italy, scheduled for March 7 has been postponed.
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Six Nations clash with Italy postponed

Ireland''s Six Nations games at senior, U21 and women's tie have been postponed due to the Coronavirus the IRFU have confirmed.

Following a meeting today they issued the following statement:

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.