Coronavirus: Wales v Scotland Six Nations clash postponed

The Cardiff clash had been due to go ahead but has now been postponed

Scotland players applaud the fans after the victory over France. No date has been set for the Six Nations to be completed
Scotland players applaud the fans after the victory over France. No date has been set for the Six Nations to be completed

The Six Nations match between Wales and Scotland due to take place on Saturday 14 March has been postponed.

Gregor Townsend’s men were due to take on the Welsh in Cardiff – the only match of the championship that had initially survived the raft of sporting call-offs due to the spread of coronavirus.

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However, the match has now been postponed and will not go ahead following a U-turn from the Welsh Rugby Union.

The governing body confirmed that the decision had been made as a result of “recent measures taken across the UK and global sports industries.”

The statement said: “Wales’ Guinness Six Nations clash with Scotland at Principality Stadium in Cardiff tomorrow has been postponed.

“The Welsh Rugby Union has maintained an open dialogue with, and continued to seek advice and direction from, the National Assembly for Wales and other stakeholders, including the Six Nations, on this fast-moving issue.

“Whilst medical advice remains consistent, we have decided that it is in the best interests of supporters, players and staff to fall in line with recent measures taken across the UK and global sports industries.

“The WRU would like to thank all parties for their counsel on the subject and will make further announcements with respect to rescheduling the fixture in the coming days.

“Every effort has been made to stage this game and we appreciate that individuals will have been inconvenienced. Given the fluid and unprecedented nature of this issue a postponement became the only viable option.”

A Scottish Rugby spokesperson added: “Scottish Rugby has acknowledged the decision of the WRU to postpone tomorrow’s Guinness Six Nations match in Cardiff.

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"While it is disappointing the fixture could not go ahead there are clearly wider public safety issues unfolding at this unprecedented time. We support the WRU in the difficult decision they have had to make and will continue to have strong relationship with them going forward.

"All the Scotland players and management team would like to pass on their thanks to the Scotland fans who were aiming to attend the match and share their disappointment this game now will not be played.

"The team will aim to return to Scotland at the earliest opportunity.”

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