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Wales Test Still On: O’Connor

“The test match will go ahead depending on the pro­gress of COVID-19 and bor­der restrictions,” O’Connor said said.
28 Apr 2021 10:35
Wales Test Still On: O’Connor
Fiji Airways Flying Fijians captain Semi Radradra in action against Wales during the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan. Photo: Zimbio

The Flying Fijians Test match against the Six Nations champion Wales at the end of the year is still on says, Fiji Rugby Union chief executive officer John O’Connor.

Speaking to SUNsports yes­terday, O’Connor said the Test match is set for Novem­ber 14.

However, he said this would depend on the current COV­ID-19 pandemic situation.

“The test match will go ahead depending on the pro­gress of COVID-19 and bor­der restrictions,” O’Connor said said.

“We have a training sched­ule for November but every­thing will depend on COVID along with the quarantine procedures and all that.”

“As for now everything de­pends on COVID-19 but that match is still on where we will take on Wales.”

According to Planet Rugby, the Flying Fijians will play Wales after they host world champions South Africa.

All the internationals are scheduled at Cardiff’s Prin­cipality Stadium, with the series opening against the All Blacks on Saturday, Oc­tober 30.

The Springboks follow a week later, then Fiji on Sun­day, November 14, followed by the Wallabies’ visit on Saturday, November 20.

Welsh Rugby Union chief executive Steve Phillips said: “It is our aim and ambition to deliver the Autumn Na­tions Series 2021 with full crowds.

“We are working alongside the Welsh Government and Public Health Wales to en­sure this is done correctly and safely, and in order for us to move forward and de­liver events of this scale we must plan ahead, be flexible and prepared for change.


Essential step

“Getting the Autumn Na­tions Series on sale early is an essential step in this pro­cess.”

Wales head coach Wayne Pi­vac said: “There is no doubt this is a huge autumn series fixture list, and we are al­ready looking forward to it, especially with the prospect of having supporters back at the Principality Stadium.

“It would be close to 21 months since we have had the chance to play in front of our fans at our home stadium, so it is hugely-exciting to have the fixtures announced, and I hope it ex­cites the rugby public.

“As a group, we haven’t faced a southern hemisphere side yet, with last year’s summer tour cancelled and autumn series rejigged, so we are looking forward to welcoming all four sides to Cardiff for what will be four huge Test matches.”

Pivac also coached the Fly­ing Fijians from 2004 to 2007.



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