Published: 14:10 | 6/3/20

Munster and Connacht games postponed

Munster and Connacht’s games against Italian opposition over the next few weeks have been postponed until further notice because of the coronavirus threat.

Munster were due to travel to Treviso in northern Italy to take on Benetton on Saturday week, but that game will now take place at a later date.

Meanwhile, Connacht’s clash with Zebre on Saturday, March 28th at the Stadio Lanfranchi has also been postponed as the coronavirus continues to spread.

The decision comes as the Italian government opted to extend restrictions on sporting events until April 3rd with the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade advising against non-essential travel to certain regions in the north of Italy, including Veneto and Emilia-Romagna.

A statement from the PRO14 said it had "taken this action in order to protect the wellbeing of our participating clubs’ players, other staff and supporters, and provide some degree of certainty in an evolving situation".

It is hoped that these games can be rescheduled for either April or May as none of the teams is involved in European competition which means that those dates are open to them.

No decision has been made on new dates for the Zebre v Ospreys and Benetton v Ulster games which were postponed last month.

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