Chief Executive of the Irish Rugby Football Union Phillip Browne (second left) arriving at the Department of Health on Baggot Street in Dublin for a meeting with Minister for Health Simon Harris earlier
The IRFU has released the following statement:
The IRFU had a positive meeting with Minister Harris and his advisors today, where we requested a formal instruction as to the staging of the Ireland v Italy international matches over the weekend of 6/8 March.
At the outset we made it clear that the IRFU was supportive of the Governments’ need to protect public health in relation to the Coronavirus.
We were then advised, formally, that The National Public Health Emergency team has determined that the series of matches should not proceed, in the interests of Public Health.
The IRFU is happy to comply with this instruction.
We will immediately begin to work with our Six Nations partners to look at the possibility of rescheduling the matches and would hope to have an update on this in the coming days.
From top: Mick and Jack at the Aviva Lansdowne Road Nua; Rugby Goggles.
Look into the eyes.
I am the parent of a boy who has been told by his coach at a local rugby club that in accordance with I.R.F.U. rules he can no longer play rugby as he has to wear protective goggles. Jack is seven. In the interest of equality and fairness I am appealing to the I.R.F.U. to reconsider its nonparticipation in the IRB Approved Protective Goggles Trial.
According to Marc Douglas (IRB), who has been contacted as part of this appeal “…the Goggles Trial [ to see if the eyewear can be worn without causing injury to any player] is ongoing and has been very successful … The feedback received has been overwhelmingly positive and it has enabled a large cross section of people to get into and get back into playing rugby….”The IRB “… are hoping that the goggles will become law soon”.
Naturally Jack is distraught as he cannot participate in rugby, a sport that he loves as he requires glasses. All I am asking for is that the I.R.F.U. sign up for the trial. Please sign our petition to support Jack and other people like him and allow them participate in rugby.
Tight haircut Fergus McFadden and rugby-loving tykes celebrating the arrival of Ireland’s tightest, greenest and most ‘tech-laden’ jersey to date at the country’s only official Rugby World Cup 2015 store in The Loop at Dublin Airport.
Red-eyed rugby fans passing through The Loop on Friday morning at 4am [FOUR AM] can take advantage of a 20% discount on the new official sans sponsor logo shirt.
An extremley fast, fresh faced Irish rugby side – containing Mick “Kick” Kiernan, Brendan Mullen, Trevor Ringland and Keith Crossan – travelled to Cardiff Arms Park with murmurings of another ‘Tripler’ on the cards. Wales, outpaced, outthought and outskilled rolled over.
Edmund Van Esbeck of the Irish Times said:
Prior to the match on Saturday, there was a very significant gesture by the Ireland side – As they stood for the Welsh anthem, all the players linked arms as a mark of their solidarity. Never was that characteristic better exemplified than this truly remarkable match.
Three players boycotted Ireland’s 1981 tour to South Africa, Hugo MacNeill (top), the late Moss Keane (centre) and Tony Ward.
The committee (South African Non-Racial Olympic Committee) said its chairman, Ambassador B. Alporode Clark of Nigeria, had sent letters yesterday to three Irish and two New Zealand rugby players commending them for their decision not to play for their national teams against South Africa.
The Irish team to play Scotland at Murrayfield a week tomorrow, is scheduled to tour South Africa in May and the South African team will play New Zealand if they tour there later this year. Their players, Hugo MacNeill, Tony Ward, and Moss Keane have told the Irish selectors they cannot travel to South Africa for moral reasons.