Coronavirus: Ireland’s July Tests in Australia in doubt

Ireland’s two-Test series in Australia, scheduled for July, is in doubt as the country deals with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Rugby Australia chief executive Raelene Castle outlined several measures the governing body is undertaking in response to the situation, which has affected all sport globally.

RA said it was unable to guarantee that Australia would retain four teams in the Super Rugby competition in the long-term, an issue which would impact on the planned summer matches against Ireland.

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Super Rugby, which involves teams from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Argentina and Japan, was suspended earlier this month after the competition became untenable due to flight restrictions and border controls aimed at containing the spread of coronavirus.

“At the moment, we have got contracts in place around delivering a Super Rugby structure with four Super Rugby teams and that’s the model that we will be working to,” Castle told reporters in a conference call on Monday after the governing body’s annual general meeting.

“But it would be crazy for us not to be thinking about other scenarios that might roll out.”

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