Rugby: Six Nations fixtures to go ahead amid coronavirus concerns

Subject to future government intervention, remaining games of rugby's Six Nations Championship will go ahead, despite the coronavirus outbreak that saw Ireland's match with Italy postponed.

Games between Italy and England in Rome and France and Ireland in Paris on March 15 (NZ time) were also under threat.

But representatives of the Six Unions and tournament officials met in Paris, and agreed that next week's games would proceed, as well as the remaining fixtures in England, Scotland and Wales.

England coach Eddie Jones
England coach Eddie Jones Photo credit: Reuters

"As it stands today, based on the latest information, all Six Nations matches currently scheduled are set to go ahead," organisers said in a statement.

"Six Nations is in contact with FIR and RFU regarding the possibility of relocating the women's and U20 Italy vs England matches to another Italian location, and we will make a further announcement on this in due course."

"However, the Italy v England senior men's match in Rome is planned to go ahead as scheduled."

The organisers said they intended to complete all 15 games across the three championships, but would not commit to rescheduling fixtures, while the situation was being assessed.

Organisers also said they were still preparing for potential changes, should the relevant governments take further action, while a new date for the postponed Ireland-Italy game had yet to be agreed.