Six Nations organisers have ruled out any additional match postponements due to the outbreak of coronavirus but stress that the decision is based on the best information currently available.
England’s clash with Italy in Rome on March 14 is among the five surviving fixtures that will go ahead as planned after one game was lost when the Azzurri’s trip to Dublin was called off last week due to the spread of Covid-19.
Six Nations bosses on Monday afternoon held discussions at a prearranged World Rugby conference in Paris when it was decided that the last two rounds of the competition should be spared further disruption.
However, it is hoped the England U20’s and women’s fixtures on the final weekend will be moved from their current location in northern Italy where the virus has resulted in towns being locked down and the cancellation of sporting events.
“The Six Nations met today in Paris to address the current situation regarding the Covid-19 virus,” a statement read.
“Six Nations and its six unions and federations are following the situation very closely with their respective governments and relevant health authorities and will strictly follow any directive given that would impact sporting events.
“As it stands, based on the latest information, all Six Nations matches currently scheduled are set to go ahead.
“Six Nations is in contact with the Italian and English unions regarding the possibility of relocating the women’s and under-20 Italy vs England matches to another Italian location and we will make a further announcement on this in due course.
“However, the Italy vs England senior men’s match in Rome is planned to go ahead as scheduled.
“Six Nations intends to complete all 15 games across all three championships when time allows, but we will refrain from making any rescheduling announcements for the time being while we keep assessing the situation.”