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Fiji see third Autumn Nations Cup group game cancelled due to COVID-19

The involvement of Fiji in the Autumn Nations Cup will be limited to one game, at best. Their thi...

The involvement of Fiji in the Autumn Nations Cup will be limited to one game, at best.

Their third and final Group B game with Scotland at Murrayfield (November 28) has been cancelled.

Fiji's camp has been ravaged by COVID-19 infections, with a round of PCR testing in the camp earlier this week producing 29 positives.

That led to Saturday's test with Italy being cancelled.

Their opening group game with France was also abandoned. The Azzurri and Les Bleus were both awarded 28-0 bonus point victories in lieu of the matches being played. Although not confirmed, it's expected Scotland will receive the same award.

Autumn Nations Cup organisers hope that Fiji can still fulfil their fourth and final fixture obligation. They're now slated to play the fourth placed team in Group A on December 5.

Autumn Nations Cup statement: 

Organisers of the Autumn Nations Cup today announced the cancellation of the Scotland v Fiji fixture due to take place at BT Murrayfield on 28th November 2020.

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.

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