All rugby fixtures in Scotland have been postponed due to the outbreak of coronavirus.
No domestic competitions will take place from 6pm on Sunday, March 15.
Domestic league and cup fixtures, training sessions, rugby festivals, the FOSROC Super6 and other events relating to rugby across Scotland have been put on hold.
The Scottish Rugby Union (SRU) says there will be a “short period” with no fixtures or training before a “further assessment” is made.
The restrictions – or “suspension period” – will be in place until at least March 29 2020.
The SRU says continuing domestic rugby fixtures would place further strain on the NHS and emergency services.
Scottish Rugby’s age-grade programmes have also been cancelled for the remainder of the season.
It comes as Scotland’s Six Nations match against Wales, due to take place on Saturday afternoon, was postponed.
The Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) has taken the decision to halt the Cardiff match, despite having said it would go ahead earlier on Friday.
A statement from the WRU reads: “Whilst medical advice remains consistent, we have decided that it is in the best interests of supporters, players and staff to fall in line with recent measures taken across the UK and global sports industries.
MATCH POSTPONED | WRU have confirmed Guinness Six Nations match between Scotland and Wales has been postponed in light of the evolving Coronavirus (Covid-19) situation.
More details to follow…
— Scottish Rugby (@Scotlandteam) March 13, 2020
— Welsh Rugby Union 🏉 (@WelshRugbyUnion) March 13, 2020
“The WRU would like to thank all parties for their counsel on the subject and will make further announcements with respect to rescheduling the fixture in the coming days.
“Every effort has been made to stage this game and we appreciate that individuals will have been inconvenienced.
“Given the fluid and unprecedented nature of this issue a postponement became the only viable option.”
Commenting on the postponement of Scotland’s domestic fixtures, a Scottish Rugby spokesperson said: “We have taken on board all expert medical advice before now and we are taking a precautionary approach to give time to assess what the impact of coronavirus will be on Scottish society in the coming weeks before deciding on next steps.
“This decision has been taken with the best interest of everyone involved in the game and in support of the country’s work to address the impact of Coronavirus.”
Scotland’s under-20s Six Nations clash against Wales is going ahead in Colwyn Bay on Friday night.
All games – including Sunday’s Old Firm derby – have been postponed until “further notice”.
Champions League fixtures, ATP tennis events and most major American sports events have also been put on hold.
As of Friday afternoon there were 85 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Scotland.
There are now 798 cases across the UK, up from 590 on Thursday. Ten people across the country have died after contracting the disease.
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