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World Rugby Cancels Summer Tours

World Rugby has cancelled the international rugby schedule for July.

The sport’s organizing body made the decision in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

A statement from World Rugby, said that cross border competition cannot be currently hosted.

As extended travel and quarantine restrictions are in now place across several countries.

Its a situation that has raised concerns over the preparation time that can be allotted for players.

Situation Monitored

How coronavirus impacts on the rugby calendar for the rest of the year is to be monitored.

All of the major stakeholders of the sport will be included in any further discussions.

The parties include member unions, international competitions, professional club competitions and International Rugby Players.

All options to resume international fixtures later in the year will be discussed.

Any final decision on resuming competition will be subject to government legislations.

Both the French and Dutch football leagues have been cancelled.

As their respective governments banned all sporting events until 1 September.

Also, the guidelines of World Rugby will be followed on such issues as player welfare.

Home Nations Tours Cancelled

England’s tour to Japan has now been put on hold.

While Wales were due to travel to Japan and New Zealand, but that will now be postponed.

Scotland were also due in New Zealand, with planned matches against South Africa.

Ireland were looking forward to a two match series against Australia in July.

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