Premiership Rugby could end up at an impasse with the Six Nations for the release of players for Coronavirus-affected tests, since the agreement only concerns English players
- Ireland versus Italy has already been postponed and more cancellations are possible
- Premiership clubs are not required to release players who are not from England
- Because of this players like Italy flanker Jake Polledri could miss the games
Six Chiefs of Nations meet in Paris on Monday to discuss the situation and with more cancellations possible after the postponement of the Ireland game against Italy there are not many weekends left in rescheduled tests to fit.
If the weekend does not fall within the World Rugby test windows, Premiership clubs are not required to release Welsh, Irish, French, Italian or Scottish players.
The Professional Game Agreement between the RFU and Premiership Rugby only a llo ws for the release of English players in the EPS squad for every rescheduled date.
As a result, players like Italy flanker Jake Polledri could miss the games unless World Rugby made an emergency extension on prescription 9.
The alternative option would be to play postponed games during the test windows later this year.
Liam Williams, George North and Josh Navidi are suitable for selection because Wales receives a triple boost prior to the Six Nations meeting with England in Twickenham
- The boss of Wales saw Wayne Pivac his injury list reduced before England
- George North, Liam Williams and Josh Navidi are all available for selection
- Pivac & # 39; s side go to Twickenham on March 7 as part of their Six Nations campaign
Wales received a triple boost for their trip to Twickenham with Liam Williams, Josh Navidi and George North are all ready to be selected.
Williams has not played since he had injured his ankle during the World Cup in the week of the semi-final and North ran away with a head injury against France last weekend.
But both should be ready for England next Saturday as well as flanker Navidi, who still has to play this tournament after pulling his hamstring.
Williams was not released to play for the Scarlets against Munster, came back from the Saracens region this week, because Wales wants him to train with them in the run-up to the Six Nations competition.
& # 39; He gets the volume of his working week, & # 39; said attack coach Stephen Jones.
& # 39; It's nice to have him with us on the training meadow, the bustling character that he is. Hopefully Josh and Liam can check each box and raise their hand for selection. & # 39;
Wing Josh Adams is out for the tournament, so Wales needs all the experience they can get to for the first time since then to prevent three consecutive defeats in the championship 2007.
North is making the usual return by playing protocols.
& # 39; The key is how George is managed, it is of huge importance, & # 39; Jones added.
& # 39; He ticks each box. He is on the right track and he is cheerful. & # 39;
England and Italy STILL still planning for the Six Nations Final in Rome, despite Ireland closing the match with the Azzurri due to a coronavirus outbreak
- The Six Nations has the facility was disrupted with the spread of coronavirus
- The Irish government canceled their home game with Italy on Saturday
- Officials are at the RFU convinced that the English game will still play in Rome go ahead
- The title can still lie for grabbing contenders of France, England and Ireland
Ireland's home game against Italy has been postponed on Saturday week and doubts have been raised about England's visit to Rome the following weekend.
RFU and Italian Rugby Federation officials have expressed confidence that Eddie Jones will be able to complete their campaign as planned at Stadio Olimpico on March 14.
The title could still be picked up, but whether the competition continues will ultimately be decided by the public health advice that every union receives from their respective governments.
The Irish government acted decisively by postponing three games against Italy after the death toll in the country rose to 12 of 378 reported cases. The competitions for women and for less than 20 scheduled for March 8 in Dublin were also put on hold, calling into question the viability of the Six Nations.
Officials from all six countries and the organizing committee will hold days to reschedule postponed matches in the next few interviews.
The Six Nations certainly seem to be overrun, just like after a delay due to an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in 2001 when it was only completed in October.
The next available date that would not cause a major disruption to the club calendar is the semi-final weekend of the European Cup at the start of May.
Haunting Grand Slam, France or England may have won the Six Nations, but as it looks now, Ireland could still have a chance if their rivals slip away.
The Italian sports ministry has informed the Six Nations that there are no plans to extend the current travel restrictions that expire on Sunday, and points out that the Serie A match from Lazio with Bologna at the Stadio Olimpico will continue on Saturday .
Up to 20,000 fans in England are planning to travel to Rome for the height of their Six Nations campaign, but their number may be limited due to concerns that the outbreak of the virus in northern Italy is spreading.
England hooker Jamie George is confident that players can cope with any disruption after their experience at the World Cup from last year in Japan, where their training base was relocated and a group match against France was canceled due to a typhoon
& # 39; What we can do is place great confidence in the way we deal with Typhoon Hagibis in Japan handling, & # 39; he said. "We have the best admin staff in the area, so we know we can handle everything. As a team, we are confident that the best decision will be made and that we will be in the best position. It is a difficult situation, but out of our control. & # 39;
The Football Association also maintains contacts with the government as Italy has to take on a friendly fight against England in Wembley on March 27, but there are no plans to postpone the warming up of Euro 2020. The UEFA has confirmed that they are still working on the scheduled schedule for that tournament, which will take place in Rome on 12 June against Italy and Turkey, but will review the situation.
& # 39; Euro 2020 starts on June 12, 2020 in Rome & # 39 ;, reads a statement. "UEFA is in contact with the relevant international and local authorities about coronavirus and its development. At the moment it is not necessary to change anything in the planned timetable. The issue will be constantly monitored. & # 39;
& # 39; In reality we are here to organize the festival for owners, trainers, the horses and racegoers, & # 39; Renton said. "That is what the festival is all about."
The Olympic Games will also continue as planned in July and August, although Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo has called on Abe to cancel sport in the country for a two-week period to stop the virus from spreading. England and Wales have to make rugby tours in Japan this summer.
BREAKING NEWS: Ireland's Six Nations clash with Italy is eliminated while the Irish government decides to minimize the spread of Coronavirus after it has been hit over the opponent's homeland
The deadly epidemic has spread throughout northern parts of Italy and in an attempt to control the disease that reached their shores, the Irish government took the step to postpone the game on March 7.
It leaves this season's competition in chaos, without a date for when the game will take place.
Earlier on Tuesday, Irish Health Minister Simon Harris made it clear that his government was against Ireland and Italy said: & # 39; The very clear view was that this game should not go ahead and it would pose a significant risk because a large number of people would travel from what is now an affected region. & # 39;
MORE TO FOLLOW
Anthony Watson may return to Wales in Six Nations after being admitted to a 25-person training team following his calf injury
- Anthony Watson still to appear in Six Nations due to calf injury
- But his presence in the 25-person training team points to improvement of his condition
- Mako Vunipola and Luke Cowan-Dickie are absent due to family reasons
- England State of Wales at Twickenham on March 7 in penultimate round of competitions
Watson, the Bath and Lions wing, has yet to appear in the championship due to a calf problem, but his presence in the group attending a three-day camp in Oxford indicates his improved condition.
Prop Mako Vunipola and whore Luke Cowan-Dickie are missing for family reasons, however.
Vunipola has returned to Tonga indefinitely and is a big doubt for the penultimate round of the Six Nations.
Cowan-Dickie is limited to two excellent replacement appearances in this tournament due to the premature birth of his son.
Rookie full-back George Furbank is in the camp to continue his rehabilitation because of the groin problem that forced him to miss the 24-12 victory over Ireland last weekend.
Coronavirus chaos: Ireland's Six Nations clash with Italy in doubt with the Tokyo Olympic Games and the Cheltenham festival are also at risk in the light of an epidemic described as & # 39; the new war & # 39;
- Coronavirus outbreak threatens the postponement of major sporting events
- Ireland must play Italy in the Six Nations at Aviva Stadium on March 7
- Irish Health Minister Simon Harris made it clear that his government was opposed to Ireland adopting Italy – with the latter suffering heavily from the virus
- Olympic Games in Tokyo require a notice period of two months ahead before its July start
- Cheltenham Festival is approaching with the annual event starting on March 10th
Rugby & # 39; s Six Nations Championship was Tuesday evening chaotic in the midst of the increasing inevitability that the game of Ireland against Italy will be postponed in Dublin next weekend.
The Irish government's emergency response team on Tuesday concluded that the Aviva Stadium match on March 7 was not taking place due to the outbreak of the deadly coronavirus in Italy. There were also growing fears that the Olympic Games in Tokyo may have to be canceled if the virus is not under control at the end of May, and the governing bodies for the Cheltenham Festival of 1945 next month are high alarm.
Irish Health Minister Simon Harris made it clear that his government was opposed to Ireland adopting Italy and said: & # 39; The very clear position was that this game should not go ahead and it would pose a significant risk because a large number of people would travel from what is now an affected region. & # 39;
Hurriedly convened meetings will take place on Wednesday between Six Nations officials, the Irish RFU and Irish authorities before an official decision is made . Now that the government supports deferment, it seems that the game will be postponed. Italy, the most affected part of Europe, confirmed more than 320 cases in recent days.
England must face Rome on March 14 in the final round of Six Nations games, but that could be in serious danger.
The spread of coronavirus was described on Tuesday by a senior member of the International Olympic Committee as & # 39; the new war & # 39 ;. In the most alarming official comments so far about the threat to the 2020 games, Dick Pound warned that organizers need at least two months to know if they can continue safely with the Games, which will open on July 24.
Pound, the oldest member of the IOC, said: & You could leave for two months if you had to. Many things must happen. You must start by increasing your safety, food, the Olympic village, the hotels, the media will be there to build their studios. This is the new war and you have to face it. In and around that time I would say that people will have to ask, "Is this under sufficient control that we can be sure to go to Tokyo or not?"
& # 39; It's a big, big, big decision and you just can't make it until you have reliable facts. You do not postpone anything about the size and scale of the Olympic Games. There are so many moving parts, so many countries, different competition seasons and television seasons. You can't just say, "We'll do it in October."
Team GB will continue preparations in the expectation that Tokyo will continue as planned.
Racing's Cheltenham Festival begins on March 10 and the BHA working with the Racecourse Association and Horsemen to consider their response if coronavirus is more common in Great Britain
In a statement from the Jockey Club, owners of Cheltenham, a spokesperson said: & # 39; Racing remains close maintain contact with the government to address the situation. & # 39;
In football, England is friendly to Italy at Wembley on March 27 is still on. The FA is holding talks with their Italian colleagues on Wednesday. Italy is organizing three games in the Wales group at the Euro in June, but UEFA says it's too early for a decision.
Wales received a huge blow when winger Josh Adams was excluded from the rest of the Six Nations with ankle injury
- Josh Adams got an ankle injury during Wales & # 39; match against France
- The winger has turned his leg awkwardly and is expected to be out for three months
- Wales is now faced with a selection dilemma for their crunchclash with England
Josh Adams is from the Six Nations in a crushing blow to Wales, who is now confronted with an enormous headache before the competition in England.
The 24-year-old winger, who was the best try-scorer at the recent World Cup with seven, suffered a nasty ankle injury in the 65th minute against France .
He turned his leg awkwardly and scanned Adams will now be operated on this week and is expected to miss three months of action, meaning he will no longer appear in the championship.
"It is intended that he can return within 12 weeks for the final stages of the Guinness PRO14," said a WRU statement about Adams' injury.
With George North at the center of the return to protocols after his concussion against France and Liam Williams who has not played with his own ankle injury since October, Wales have now gained considerable experience
They are also shaved from their most powerful attack option. Adams has scored 10 attempts in his last 12 tests.
Williams and North might be well suited for the Twickenham trip, but if they aren't, Johnny McNicholl would probably have to step up to get started.
Cardiff Blues winger Owen Lane is also out of the tournament, so Hallam Amos replaced him earlier in the team in the team.
Because Amos has 22 caps, he would be a more experienced player who will be included in the match-day team. The other options – Jonah Holmes and Louis Rees-Zammit – have largely not been tested.
Holmes from Leicester has three caps and Rees-Zammit has yet to make his debut. The 19-year-old would be the bold choice to perform spectacularly well for Gloucester in his breakthrough season.
Rees-Zammit scored 12 attempts in only 16 senior appearances for the Cherry & Whites.
Wales has not yet hired an extra player for their Six Nations team.
England & # 39; s Six Nations match against Italy can be switched from Rome to Twickenham or Newcastle in the midst of an outbreak of coronavirus
Eddie Jones' national team has to face the Azzurri in the Olympic Stadium in the Italian capital on March 14.
The international woman between Italy and Scotland was supposed to take place Sunday near Milan postponed due to a sudden wave of coronavirus cases in that part of the country – and Pro14 programs have since been postponed.
Sportsmail understands that Six Nations officials and their RFU and FIR counterparts are discussing scenarios in the event that the Italy-England match in Rome is deemed unplayable and one source claimed it was fallback plan to move it to Twickenham or Newcastle.
Italian sports authorities took no risk with football matches canceled last weekend and now the prospect is that the Serie A and Europa League matches will be played behind closed doors this week.
Moving the Six Nations match to England would of course give Jones's men an unplanned home advantage, while perhaps still having a chance to win the title to win. The situation is actively & # 39; monitored and discussed & # 39; by relevant parties, with all six unions being kept informed.
This week Italy removed a training camp from Parma, where they were to gather before their trip to Dublin to face 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. & # 39;
Meanwhile, English head coach Jones has revealed that it is unlikely that Saracens prop Mako Vunipola will be available for the collision with Wales at Twickenham on March 7. He is currently back in Tonga because of a family business.
Shaun Edwards stood in the guts of the Principality Stadium in the quiet, satisfied look of a man who had just transformed a team that had just transformed a team that for years had an attitude problem that apparently could not be saved.
Like Wales, Edwards has moved a little deeper into the French as their defense coach.
France were spirited, fiery, they flew up in defense, opposed to their hearts content, and when it got difficult, they set off.
There was no collapse, no crumble. Dicey times were to be expected against this Welsh team that never gave up and had not lost home in the Six Nations for three years, but in the end the number dropped for France.
After the victory – France's first here for 10 years – Edwards praised his new men whose psyche he has changed so dramatically. & # 39; The attitude was first class & # 39 ;, said the former Wales defense coach. & # 39; They really buy in how I want them to defend. And that is not only it – it is also the playing style. French teams may have played in their own half in the past. It mixes that French flair with some structured rugby. There are still some steps to take, but we are moving in the right direction.
& # 39; Three of three. We have a huge game to go (against Scotland), but tonight, with 13 days to prepare, the boys deserve a glass of wine or two – and the coaches! & # 39;
Edwards is said to have roasted Romain Ntamack, the 20-year-old fly-half whose 17 points and interception are trying to win the game in France – and the happiness of the visitors too
Wales was furious. They found that three important decisions were against them. First the & # 39; blow & # 39; – as Wayne Pivac called it – when Paul Willemse knocked on Ken Owens' pass, intended for Josh Adams and an attempt. The officials judged that Willemse's action was not intentional and the lock responded by saying: & # 39; Such calls are always 50-50. It could have gone in all directions. If I tried it or not, it doesn't matter. & # 39;
Second, a 48-meter penalty kicked Ntamack that looked like it had been milked by Antoine Dupont. When it was played on the big screen, referee Matthew Carley admitted he couldn't change his mind.
And third, most horribly, Demba Bamba crushed Rob Evans in a late scrum when Wales seemed to be turning the tide.
Whatever their flu, they have lost a competition that had been won by Warren Gatland-coached Wales. Dillon Lewis and Dan Biggar scored attempts and the fly-half kicked its goals, but it wasn't enough. The new Pivac style takes time to learn.
& # 39; It can be very beautiful, but it doesn't win & # 39 ;, said Captain Alun Wyn Jones. "Test rugby is about winning and we have to do that pretty quickly."
There will also be concerns after George North had a concussion and Adams hurt his ankle. With England in fourteen days, Wales could stare through the barrel. "A win over England will not determine our championship – as a group of players we are better than that," said Taulupe Faletau.
It all fell flat for Wales now that France reached the highest point. notes dancing to the melody of Edwards, their great conductor
WALES : Halfpenny 5; North 5 (McNicholl 11, 6), Tompkins 6, Parkes 6, Adams 6.5; Biggar 7, Davies 6 (Williams 56, 6); W Jones 6 (Evans 59 5), Owens 6, Lewis 7, Ball 6.5 (Rowlands 66, 6), AW Jones 6, Moriarty 6.5, Tipuric 6.5, Faletau 6 (Wainwright 65, 6).
FRANCE : Bouthier 7; Thomas 7 (Jalibert 66, 5), Vakatawa 7, Vincent 7, Fickou 7.5; Ntamack 9, Dupont 8; Baille 7 (Gros 41, 7), Marchand 7.5 (Chat 56, 7.5), Haouas 7, Le Roux 7.5 (Taofifenua 68, 6), Willemse 7.5, Cros 7 (Bamba 69, 7), Ollivon 7.5, Alldritt 8.
SIX NATION AROUND-UP: Dan Biggar complained too much, Scotland should Finn Russell and France look good to compete at the next World Cup
- The epic victory of France in Wales, the tournament started after a slow start
- Disappointing Italy is the only team that could not register a point in two games
- Debate on Finn Russell continues and his team need him for upcoming journeys
- Concerns about Coronavirus influence on the Six Nations
As the third weekend of Six Nations action comes to an end, Chris Foy of Sportsmail consumes the best of the range around the site …
NO MORE MOODY BLEUS
These Six Nations really needed that France -Wales classic. The 2020 tournament had not really come to life, so what a relief to see a good test. France was beautiful, especially in defense. They have always had talent, but not the attitude to maximize it. That changes quickly. They should be major contenders during the World Cup.
Italy has done nothing to justify their presence by not registering a point against Scotland in Rome. They are the first team to be deployed twice in a campaign and it was only the second time that a game did not score at home. When Adam Hastings came in at the end, the home players didn't even chase back. This cannot go on.
OH NO, NOT AGAIN NORTH
Why did it have to be George North who again suffered head injury? The Wales and Lions wing has endured more than its fair share in recent years, so it was disturbing to see him hit the grass again after a chance collision with Gael Fickou. I hope it's nothing serious.
BUTTON IT, BIGGAR
To clarify this, France was definitely the better side in Cardiff. That fact may have been lost in the midst of so many complaints from the Welsh about the officiating power. Some borderline calls went against the hosts, but they were still the second best. Dan Biggar spent too much time protesting. He is a class player, but his behavior was unseemly.
SCOTS STILL RUSSELL
At least Scotland won, which was the bottom line, but nothing suggested the Finn Russell exile debate goes away. There aren't too many wizards in the area and Russell is one of them. His country needs him. They will certainly do so in July when they are on tour in South Africa and New Zealand.
ROME VIRUS FEAR
The game between Italy and Scotland in Legnano near Milan was postponed as another sports accident of the Coronavirus outbreak. Whether it can be rescheduled remains to be seen. There must be a danger that the issue will also affect the men's tournament, with Italy because of England's last weekend in Rome.
MY TEAM OF THE WEEKEND
15 To Bouthier (France); 14 J May (England), 13 M Tuilagi (England), 12 O Farrell (England), 11 G Fickou (France); 10 R Ntamack (France), 9 B Youngs (England); 1 R Sutherland (Scotland), 2 J Marchand (France), 3 K Sinckler (England); 4 M Itoje (England), 5 B Le Roux (France); 6 C Lawes (England), 8 G Alldritt (France), 7 H Watson (Scotland).