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Ireland could re-route summer tours to Pacific islands - report

By Ian Cameron
Ireland's Andrew Conway following a 2017 game against Fiji in Dublin. (Photo By Seb Daly/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

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The IRFU are looking at the feasibility of re-routing some of their summer to tour to the Pacific islands – according to a report from the Irish Times.

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According to the article by seasoned Irish rugby journalist Gerry Thornley, Andy Farrell’s men could face off against some or all of Fiji, Samoa and Tonga in three test series set to commence in July.

Currently, Fiji has extremely low levels of Covid-19 meaning Ireland could potentially use the island as a base of operations in the South Pacific.

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The context of course is whether or not the IRFU decide to risk a summer tour given the vagaries of the pandemic and the potential for matches to be cancelled.

According to the Irish Times report, the union will make a decision on the tour in the coming weeks.

A series in the island would be a massive boost to the rugby-mad nations and one that would be broadly welcomed by World Rugby, who are eager to see the islands play Tier 1 nations more frequently.

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Fijian veteran Nemani Nadolo tweeted: “If they get it right this would be massive for the country. This will aspire the young generation knowing that they can play for Fiji in front of their families on the island against the Tier 1 giants of the game.”

It had been suggested that Ireland would face Australia, but this is looking increasingly unlikely.

 

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Ireland could re-route summer tours to Pacific islands - report

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