France's home Six Nations match against Ireland on Saturday has been postponed due to the coronavirus, according to multiple sources on Monday.
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The Stade de France fixture becomes the third game of this
year's tournament to be called off after Italy and England in Rome and
Ireland v Italy in Dublin. No date has been fixed for playing the
The French government banned all public
gatherings of more than 1 000 people late on Sunday in a bid to slow the
spread of Covid-19 which has infected 1 100 people and killed 19 in the
The decision means that Saturday's Wales v Scotland match
in Cardiff is the only remaining match on the Six Nations programme,
leaving the tournament unfinished with the identity of the champions
A similar situation arose in 2001 when the series was
interrupted and three matches were postponed by a foot-and-mouth
outbreak in Britain when fans had to wait until October to see England
England, following their win over Wales on Saturday, top the table as it now stands with 13 points.
are in second place, also on 13, but with an inferior points
difference, after losing Sunday's game against Scotland at Murrayfield
28-17 which ended their hopes of a Grand Slam.