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“The extent of infection in the Fiji camp, combined with a minimum 10-day isolation period, plus the obvious need for suitable preparation for any international Test match meant that, whilst difficult, the decision was unavoidable.
22 Nov 2020 12:31
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John O’Connor.

The health and well-being of the Flying Fijian players and officials are the top priority of the Fiji Rugby Union.

This was from FRU chief executive officer John O’Connor after the Autumn Nations Cup organisers yesterday cancelled Fiji’s game against Scotland set for November 28 at Murrayfield.

The Scots received a 28-0 bonus point victory.

“The 10-day isolation for the players testing positive to COVID-19 end on Thursday so the team don’t have sufficient time to prepare for the Scotland game,” O’Connor said.

Europe is one of the worst hit with the COVID-19 pandemic. Even top football players like Cristiano Ronaldo with the latest being Liverpool’s star striker Mohamed Salah have tested positive to COVID-19.

With the cancellation of Fiji’s third game, it means that today’s game between Scotland and France will likely decide who top the group that also includes Italy.

According to Rugby Pass, organisers, however, are still optimistic that Fiji could take part in the fourth-place play-off in early December against the Group A fourth-place finisher which is likely to be Georgia.

“The extent of infection in the Fiji camp, combined with a minimum 10-day isolation period, plus the obvious need for suitable preparation for any international Test match meant that, whilst difficult, the decision was unavoidable.

“The tournament organisers remain in constant contact with the Fijian squad regarding their well-being and recovery which continues to be the number one priority.

“The Fiji team and the organisers are hopeful that the fourth match on December 5 against the team that will finish in fourth place in Pool A will be able to take place, subject to checks on fitness levels once the players come out of isolation and following all appropriate protocols.”

Scottish Rugby said: “While this is very disappointing news, we support the decision to cancel the game and wish a speedy recovery to those affected in the Fijian squad.”

Edited by Osea Bola

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