Scotland's Autumn Nations Cup clash vs Fiji next Saturday is CANCELLED
Scotland’s Autumn Nations Cup clash with Fiji next Saturday is CANCELLED as South Pacific Islanders still have to isolate due to 29 positive Covid-19 cases within squad that saw them forfeit opening match against France
- Scotland were due to play Fiji in the Autumn Nations Cup on November 28
- However, that match will now not go ahead due to Fiji’s Covid-19 predicament
- Last week 29 members of the South Pacific Islanders tested positive for Covid-19
- As a result, this saw them having to forfeit their match vs France and lose 28-0
Fiji’s Autumn Nations Cup campaign has turned into a disaster with their forthcoming clash against Scotland on November 28 scrapped due to coronavirus.
The South Pacific Islanders are still having to isolate after a mass breakout within their squad last week saw 29 members test positive.
Fiji have already seen their opening two matches against France and Italy called off after the latest round of Covid-19 tests produced 29 positive test results.
Fiji’s clash with Scotland has been cancelled as they need to still isolate because of Covid-19
Fiji were due to face Scotland on November 28 but that is off as 29 members tested positive
France were awarded a 28-0 win after their Group B opener was cancelled last Saturday and Gregor Townsend’s Scots – who face Les Bleus on Sunday – will expect to be given the same.
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.’
Fiji are now guaranteed to finish bottom of their pool without playing a game but tournament bosses are still hoping Vern Cotter’s team can take part in the competition in the final round of games scheduled for December 5.
France were awarded a 28-0 win after Fiji were forced to forfeit their Group B opener vs them
In a statement, the organisers of the Autumn Nations Cup said: ‘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 tournament organisers remain in constant contact with the Fijian squad regarding their wellbeing and recovery which continues to be the number one priority.
‘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.’
Scotland will expect to be given the same result as France following Fiji’s predicament
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