Rugby Australia mulling response to virus

Rugby Australia officials are meeting to determine how to handle the coronavirus threat ahead of three Super Rugby matches on Australian soil this weekend.

A RA spokesman said the governing body was still abiding by its midweek stance on the pandemic, which was to assess the health of players and officials on a daily basis.

But RA and Sanzaar bosses were to discuss rugby’s approach again on Friday, having kept an open mind on options such as closing games off from the public.

Sanzaar has already confirmed the round seven game between the Jaguares and Highlanders will be played at an empty stadium in Buenos Aires following advice from health officials.

Brisbane is scheduled to host a double-header on Friday, with the Sunwolves-Crusaders game at Suncorp Stadium to be followed by the Queensland Reds against the Bulls.

The game involving the Japan-based Sunwolves had already been moved from its original venue in Tokyo because of the coronavirus lockdown in that city.

Canberra’s GIO Stadium is scheduled to stage the Australian derby between the Brumbies and Waratahs on Sunday.


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