The rugby match between Fiji and Italy, scheduled for November 21 in Italy within the Fall Nations Cup, It was canceled after 29 players and officials of the Fijian team tested positive for covid-19, official sources confirmed this Wednesday. The executive director of the Fiji Rugby Federation (Fiji Rugby), John O’Connor, said in a statement that the “Flying Fijians” team, which includes players and support personnel, will be kept in isolation and quarantine.
The Rugby Fall Nations Cup, which kicked off on November 13, is a contest in which the teams of the Six Nations compete (Scotland, France, Wales, England, Ireland and Italy) along with Fiji and Georgia. The Fijian delegation, made up of 32 players and managers, is in a hotel in Saint-Galmier, France.
“Fiji Rugby and the organizers commit to take all necessary steps to ensure that all players test negative before taking any action “, added the manager when confirming the cancellation of the match that was going to be played in the Italian city of Ancona. The organizers of the Six Nations Tournament reported last week the cancellation of the meeting between Fiji and France, which was scheduled for November 15 in the Gallic town of Vannes, after detecting four cases of covid-19 in the combined of the island nation of the South Pacific.
O’Connor also confirmed that in accordance with the tournament rules, Points for canceled matches will be awarded to teams from Italy and France. However, the federation did not clarify what will happen to the meeting between Fiji and Scotland scheduled for November 28 in Edinburgh.