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Rugby Australia officials to meet to discuss response to coronavirus

Rugby Australia officials are meeting to determine how to handle the coronavirus threat ahead of three Super Rugby matches on Australian soil this weekend.

A RA spokesman said the governing body was still abiding by its midweek stance on the pandemic, which was to assess the health of players and officials on a daily basis.

But RA and SANZAAR bosses were to discuss rugby’s approach again on Friday, having kept an open mind on options such as closing games off from the public.

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SANZAAR has already confirmed the round seven game between the Jaguares and Highlanders will be played in front of no crowd at Estadio Jose Amalfitani in Buenos Aires following advice from health officials.

Brisbane is scheduled to host a double-header on Friday, with the Sunwolves-Crusaders game at Suncorp Stadium to be followed by the Queensland Reds against the Bulls.

The game involving the Japan-based Sunwolves had already been moved from its original venue in Tokyo because of the coronavirus lockdown in that city.

That match follows last week’s fixture where the Sunwolves played the Waratahs in Wollongong in a match that was moved away from its initial location in Osaka.

Canberra’s GIO Stadium is scheduled to stage the Australian derby between the Brumbies and Waratahs on Sunday.

– With AAP

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