England’s Six Nations match against Italy can be switched from Rome to Twickenham or Newcastle during a corona virus outbreak
- The game of the last day in England can be disrupted by an outbreak of the corona virus
- England is confronted with the Azzurri in the Olympic Stadium on March 14
- Six Nations officials consider options if Rome cannot organize the competition
- The Italian federation has suspended rugby at all levels next weekend
The Six Nations are in danger of being disrupted by the outbreak of the corona virus, with England’s last game against Italy in Rome now the subject of hasty disaster planning.
Eddie Jones’ national team will face the Azzurri in the Olympic Stadium in the Italian capital on March 14.
However, the international woman between Italy and Scotland, who was to take place near Milan on Sunday, was postponed due to a sudden wave of coronavirus cases in that part of the country – and Pro14 programs have since been postponed.
England’s last day game against Italy in Rome now the subject of hasty disaster planning
On Monday, the Italian Federation (FIR) confirmed the suspension of rugby at all levels in the coming weekend.
Sportsmail understands that Six Nations officials and their RFU and FIR counterparts are discussing scenarios in the event that the Italy-England match is considered unplayable in Rome and one source claimed the relapse plan would be to Twickenham or Newcastle.
Italian sports authorities did not take any risks with football matches canceled last weekend and now the prospect that the Serie A and Europa League matches will be played behind closed doors this week.
The fall-back plan for Italy would be to relocate it to Twickenham or Newcastle
By relocating the Six Nations competition to England, Jones’s men would of course have an unplanned home advantage, while they might have another chance to win the title. The situation is actively ‘monitored and discussed’ by relevant parties, whereby all six trade unions are kept informed.
Italy has removed a training camp this week from Parma, where they were to gather, prior to their trip to Dublin to brave Ireland. That match can also be in danger, as Irish Health Minister Simon Harris said yesterday: “The rugby game is something that deserves much attention. Major decisions will have to be taken in the coming days, including mass meetings. I am thinking in particular of the Ireland-Italy rugby game. ”
Meanwhile, England head coach Jones has revealed that Saracens support Mako Vunipola is unlikely to be available for the collision with Wales at Twickenham on March 7. He is currently back in Tonga because of a family business.