Mon, 17 May 2021

Fiji's nightmare Autumn Nations Cup campaign is all but complete after their third pool game against Scotland was cancelled on Friday due to the coronavirus that has swept through their squad.

The organisers took the decision over a week before the 28 November kickoff having earlier this week made the same call for Fiji's game with Italy this weekend.

The Fijians' opening game against France was also cancelled last weekend.

Twenty-nine members of their group have tested positive for coronavirus.

Both Italy and Scotland are likely to receive bonus-point victories.

"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 organisers said.

They added they were hopeful the Fijians would be able to field a team for the playoff round which will see them play the fourth-placed team in Pool A on 5 December.

The Autumn Nations Cup itself is a product of Covid-19.

The tournament replaces the end-of-year schedule that usually sees southern hemisphere giants New Zealand, South Africa and Australia, tour Europe, but none of the three are coming because of the pandemic.

Source: News24

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