This year’s Six Nations Super Saturday has only the one solitary game, between Wales and Scotland, but that is a growing concern for many.
With England’s visit to Italy postponed, as well as France versus Ireland at the Stade de France, the contest in Cardiff is still set to go ahead despite campaigns for the game to also be cancelled for now.
Various sports leagues and tournaments across continental Europe have been suspended in order to contain the Coronavirus spread, but the United Kingdom has not followed suit. There has been a response to the pandemic, but nothing compared to the rest of Europe.
While the likes of France, Italy and Spain have more reported cases of the virus than the United Kingdom, and have subsequently suspended many sports, many fixtures are set to go ahead this weekend in England, Wales and Scotland. But the PRO14, which straddles many countries across Europe, has been suspended indefinitely.
The Welsh Rugby Union have said that they will do what the government says, but the Welsh Health Minister Vaughan Gething has said the match at the Principality Stadium is still set to be played.
This is to the dismay of many people, including Plaid Cymru leader Adam Price, who are raising obvious safety concerns.
Please can we just call off Wales V Scotland already? Don't think the government could have handled this #CoronavirusPandemic more woefully if they tried ?
— Daniel Elsom ? (@danieljelsom) March 12, 2020
With schools now closing in Wales, there is a sense of disbelief that the match this weekend is still scheduled. With two days to go before kickoff, there is still the possibility that the game will not go ahead, but by then many fans would have travelled to Cardiff and complications would have already arisen.
While this will create problems, safety is paramount in this situation, and the complications are not as severe as those in football currently, where many of Europe’s top leagues have been suspended, excluding the Premier League, with the possibility of the Euro 2020 Championship in June being postponed by a year.
WATCH: Press conference with Gregor Townsend after the Scotland head coach named his team to face Wales in Cardiff on Saturday. #SixNations
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