Scotland’s final Autumn Nations Cup pool match versus Fij cancelled

19 members of the Pacific Islanders' squad tested positive to Covid earlier this week

Chris Harris in action against Fiji the last time they visited Murrayfield in 2018. Photo credit should read: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk
Chris Harris in action against Fiji the last time they visited Murrayfield in 2018. Photo credit should read: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk

SCOTLAND’S final pool match in the Autumn Nations Cup, which was supposed to be played against Fiji at Murrayfield next Saturday, has been cancelled due to the outbreak of Covid-19 in the Pacific Islanders’ camp. It was reported earlier this week that 29 members of the squad had tested positive to the virus.

“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,” said a statement issued by the tournament’s organisers.

“The Fiji team and the organisers are hopeful that the fourth match on December 5th against the team that will finish in 4th place in Pool A will be able to take place, subject to checks on fitness levels once the players come out of isolation and following all appropriate protocols.”

A Scottish Rugby spokesperson said:  “While this is very disappointing news, we support the decision to cancel the game and wish a speedy recovery to those affected in the Fijian squad. Our focus remains fully on Sunday’s match against France.”

This news means that Scotland will be guaranteed a top place finish in Pool B if they beat France on Sunday.


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  1. Well, on precedent, that should be a safe 28 – 0 victory!

    Correct & prudent decision, but my goodness, what a shambles. Money or not, is it wise and sensible to seek to continue playing rugby, even at this level?

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