Coronavirus: PRO14 matches in Italy postponed due to restrictions
Have been postponed due to constraints imposed by authorities dealing with the threat posed from the outbreak.
Plans are under way to reschedule Zebre’s conflict with Welsh club Ospreys, and also Irish side Ulster’s visit to Benetton.
“To ensure the safety of our players and spectators PRO14 Rugby completely supports the preventative measures taken in Italy and will adhere to the directives from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and local governments,” read a statement on the PRO14 website.
“The recent restrictions are in place until March 1 and also PRO14 Rugby will probably stay in contact with the FIR (Italian Union), Zebre Rugby Club, Benetton Rugby and World Rugby to track (the) position in a daily basis.”
Limits on sporting events and public gatherings put in place from the Italian government apply in the Emilia-Romagna, Lombardy and Veneto regions.
A Women’s Six Nations match and four Serie A football fixtures were postponed during the weekend.
Additionally, all rugby activities, and fixtures in the domestic soccer championship of Italy, Best 12 have also been postponed ahead of next weekend.
Italy is the host of the largest outbreak of the virus, with the amount of people infected together with five individuals dying having jumped above 200, with COVID-19 of Europe.