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World Rugby calls off summer internationals due to Covid-19

Getty ImagesWorld Rugby has postponed this summer’s rugby union international schedule due to the coronavirus pandemic. The global governing body announced on 15th May that all fixtures in July would be called off, including England’s tour of 2019 Rugby World Cup host nation Japan. The widespread postponements mean Wales’ one-Test mission in Japan is also off, as are their two Tests in New Zealand, with Scotland’s trip to South Africa and New Zealand, and Ireland’s to Australia also removed from the schedule. Report: New Zealand Rugby in Silver Lake investment talksIn a statement, England's Rugby Football Union (RFU) said all parties were working to try and find a way to fit July’s matches into a new-look international calendar for the rest of the year. 'All decision-making will be entirely contingent on national government travel, quarantine and health advice and important player welfare and hosting considerations in line with return-to-rugby guidance recently published by World Rugby,' it read. In making the decision, World Rugby said: 'The programme of international rugby matches scheduled for the 2020 July window has been postponed due to ongoing government and health agency Covid-19 directives.

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