SANZAAR is set to move next Sunday’s match between the Brumbies and the Sunwolves in Osaka due to an outbreak of coronavirus in Japan it says it is monitoring very closely.
Rugby’s southern hemisphere governing body released a statement on Thursday morning indicating all efforts would be made to move the round six match due to advice from the Japanese government that all sporting fixtures should be cancelled.
Front foot: Tom Cusack storms into the Sunwolves defence during a match in 2019. Credit:AP
“SANZAAR has now been informed that the Japanese Government has requested the cancellation of sporting events in the country for the next two weeks with specific mention of the Japanese professional sports leagues,” a statement read. “This includes the Sunwolves versus Brumbies match that is scheduled to be played in Osaka on the 8th March 2020.
“SANZAAR has therefore been in communication with all relevant stakeholders regarding the match and advanced discussions have been held to adequately address this recent announcement by the Japanese government. SANZAAR is now working to determine if this match can be relocated. SANZAAR will issue further details on the position of this match and any potential further disruptions in the near future.”
The Sunwolves line up against the Hurricanes in Napier this Saturday.
The statement stressed there were no identified cases of players with coronavirus or symptoms associated with the virus, including the Sunwolves side.
All players will be monitored daily under an agreed protocol.
The Sunwolves face the Waratahs on March 28 at the SCG but their round 15 clash in Tokyo could be problematic if the disease spreads.
The Waratahs say no discussions have been had yet regarding their upcoming games against the Sunwolves.
In round 10, the Queensland Reds are scheduled to tour Japan.
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