The men’s, women’s and U20 Six Nations matches scheduled between England and Italy have been postponed due to the spread of the Coronavirus. The new dates for the fixtures are yet to be decided on.
With the Coronavirus spreading across Italy, forcing the Italian government to order that all sporting events be held behind closed doors, organisers shave thought it best to postpone the games to a later date.
The reason is not only the fear of the virus as Italy now recording over 3000 cases so far, but it would also be unfair on the hosts who stand to lose major revenue should th event be held behind closed doors as they would be no gate takings.
Organisers are still committed to making sure all the fixtures are played, as they stated that:
“Six Nations fully intends to complete all 15 games in all three championships when time allows,”
It will be a difficult task for organisers to reschedule all of the men’s women’s and U20’s games as the first available time would be June 27, and even then, this may clash with already scheduled tours as Italy are meant to be travelling to the USA, while England are scheduled to head to Japan.