Fixture Update | Six Nations Games Rescheduled
5th August 2020 By The Editor
Six Nations has today announced details of Ireland’s rescheduled fixtures for the 2020 Guinness Six Nations Championship, as well as the two remaining games in the Women’s Six Nations Championship.
Andy Farrell‘s Ireland will resume their 2020 Championship campaign against Italy at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday 24th October before making the trip to Paris for the Round 5 clash against France on Saturday 31st October. The games, originally due to be played in March, were postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
A kick-off time for the home clash against Italy in Dublin will be confirmed in due course, while the IRFU has today confirmed details of the ticket refund process for supporters who had purchased tickets for the original fixture. Click here for more.
The Round 5 matches between Wales and Scotland and Italy and England have also been rescheduled for 31st October, Six Nations announced.
2020 Guinness Six Nations Championship Rescheduled Fixtures
Ireland v Italy, Aviva Stadium – 24th October 2020 (Kick-off TBC)
Wales v Scotland, TBC – 31st October 2020 (Kick-off 14.15)
Italy v England, Stadio Olympico – 31st October 2020 (Kick-off 16.45)
France v Ireland, Stade de France – 31st October 2020 (Kick-off 20.00)
* All kick-off times are GMT.
* The venue kick-off time for Ireland v Italy and the venue for Wales v Scotland will be confirmed in due course.
“In rescheduling these matches, the health and safety of players, associated staff and supporters has been at the forefront of our thinking. We remain in close contact with all relevant authorities across the respective jurisdictions to ensure these matches take place in a safe environment and we will announce further details of health and safety protocols and guidance on spectator attendance in due course,” Six Nations said on Wednesday.
Six Nations can also confirm that the Women’s Championship will be concluded this Autumn, with Adam Griggs‘ Ireland – who opened their campaign with back-to-back home wins over Scotland and Wales before an away defeat to England – set to host Italy in Round 4 on the weekend of 24th October. A venue for this fixture will be confirmed in due course.
Ireland will then conclude their campaign against France in Round 5 on the weekend of 31st October, with Six Nations due to release a full fixture schedule in due course.
2020 Women’s Six Nations Championship Rescheduled Fixtures
Weekend of 24th October: Round 4
Scotland v France
Ireland v Italy
Weekend of 31st October: Round 5
Wales v Scotland
Italy v England
France v Ireland
Weekend of 5th December: Round 3
Italy v Scotland
* A full fixture schedule will be released in due course.
The Six Nations statement continues: “With regards to the U20 Six Nations championship, due to season scheduling constraints, it was decided that the three outstanding matches would not be played and there would be no winner for the 2020 Championship.
“In recent weeks, Six Nations has also been progressing contingency plans for an alternative tournament format in place of the Autumn Internationals for 2020, primarily driven by travel restrictions not allowing many international teams to play the scheduled matches. This tournament will be a unique eight-team competition, involving the Six Nations unions and two other international teams. We are currently finalising match schedules, operational details including venues as well as commercial arrangements. Further announcements relating to this competition are expected to be made later this month.”
Ben Morel, CEO of Six Nations commented: “We are absolutely thrilled to make this announcement today. While the past few months have been extremely challenging, we have always remained hopeful of concluding this year’s tournament and we are really looking forward to the final games in the Men’s and Women’s Championships. There is still so much to play for, and we are hugely excited for what lies ahead.
“Public health remains the number one priority and while we must continue to be vigilant and cognisant of the dynamic and fast changing external environment, we are nonetheless extremely pleased to be moving in the right direction.”