France v Ireland Six Nations match called off

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Ireland's Six Nations ambitions will have to be put on ice until the Autumn. Photo credit: Shane Tighe.

French Sports Minister announces postponement

In the last half-hour, the French minister for sport Roxana Maracineanu confirmed that Ireland’s Six Nations clash with France called off. The Six Nation’s fixture in the Stade de France scheduled for Saturday evening will not now go ahead as planned.

The Postponements came after the French government announced that gatherings of over 1,000 people would be banned. This measure was taken in order to minimise the spread of Covid-19 (or Coronavirus). There are currently over 1,209 confirmed cases in France, with 19 deaths due to the virus.

The full Six Nations Rugby Statment on the postponement is available here.

Andy Farrell’s first Six Nations campaign has already been thrown into disarray after last weekends scheduled visit of the Italians was called off. This second postponement will cause further fixture congestion. September or early October would appear to be the most likely time slot for the rescheduled games. As things stand Wales v Scotland is still set to proceed as planned at 2:15pm on Saturday afternoon in Cardiff. England’s visit to Rome had already fallen victim to the spread of Covid-19.

The IRFU have confirmed that both the Ireland’s u20’s and Women’s games against France will also be rescheduled. Noel McNamara’s u20’s side are going for a second consecutive Grand Slam. They were due to play France U20s in Perpignan at 8pm on Friday. This game is likely to be played on the same weekend as the rescheduled Senior Men’s match.

Updated March 10th 2020.


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