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.
The #WALvSCO #SixNations match in Cardiff this weekend should be postponed because of the risk posed by the #Coronavirus. All other mass gatherings and events should also be postponed or cancelled immediately. We must put the safety of our citizens before everything else.
— Adam Price (@Adamprice) March 12, 2020
When is the Wales v Scotland game being postponed? Encouraging 100,000 people to congregate in pubs and bars in the capital at such a critical time is irresponsible beyond belief. Time for @WelshGovernment to step in and show real leadership. pic.twitter.com/gIA3brSFXY
— Huw Marshall ??????? (@Marshallmedia) March 12, 2020
Honestly Wales vs Scotland this Saturday should be postponed.
Not only does it help prevent any possible spread of coronavirus but it sets an example for other large gatherings.
— Thomas Lewis (@_ThomasLewis) March 12, 2020
Honestly think Wales vs Scotland needs to be postponed. If even half of whats been said about coronavirus is true then it would be extremely negligent to still hold the game. Could spread like wildfire @SixNationsRugby
— Jacob Lewis (@7jacoblewis) March 11, 2020
I can't believe that Wales v Scotland #6Nations is still going ahead. A 74,500 seat stadium in Cardiff city center. Crowds from all over the uk to come to the city and stadium. Terrible idea! Especially as all other 6 nation's matches have been postponed due to #coronavirusuk
— Will Samuel (@Willrsam) March 11, 2020
Six Nations rugby match. Wales v Scotland in Cardiff on Saturday should be CANCELLED.
The stadium will hold 74,000 people. Come on WRU where is your sense?
— David Edwards (@DavidEd65776387) March 12, 2020
I still can’t believe the Wales and Scotland match is going ahead on Saturday. It’s crazy why risk it
— louise willett (@louisewillett) March 12, 2020
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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