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Pandemic Uncertainty Disrupts Ireland’s Planned Tour To Fiji

The Ireland Rugby Football Union says recent developments mean the planned tour, scheduled to be held in July, is “no longer viable”.
02 May 2021 17:41
Pandemic Uncertainty Disrupts Ireland’s Planned Tour To Fiji
Flying Fijians halfback Nikola Matawalu makes a tackle against Ireland in their last Test match at Lansdowne Road in Dublin, Ireland, in 2017. Ireland won 23-20. Photo: The Irish Times

Ireland’s planned tour to Fiji has been cancelled because of uncertainty caused by the pandemic.

In the past week lockdowns have been announced across, amid a rise in COVID-19 cases.

The Ireland Rugby Football Union says recent developments mean the planned tour, scheduled to be held in July, is “no longer viable”.

The governing body remains hopeful of arranging alternative Test matches for the July international window.

“A great deal of effort has gone into the planning of the tour which was predicated on a safety first approach,” said IRFU performance director David Nucifora.

“Fiji up until this point had been relatively untouched by the pandemic but that picture has quickly changed and unfortunately it is no longer viable to proceed with the tour.”

Earlier this week, Fiji Rugby Union chief executive officer, John O’Connor said the Tests were highly unlikely due to impact of the pandemic globally and the disruption of flights.

Ireland were hopeful of travelling for a three-Test series, with head coach Andy Farrell ruling himself out of the running for a place on Warren Gatland’s British and Irish Lions coaching staff in order to focus on his Ireland role.

Edited by Sereana Salalo 

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