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The quarter-finals of this 12 months’s Champions and Problem Cups have been postponed as a result of coronavirus pandemic, event organizers European Skilled Membership Rugby (EPCR) mentioned on Monday.
4 of the matches initially scheduled for April Three-5 have been set to be performed in France, the place the federal government has closed faculties, bars, and eating places and most outlets aside from meals tales and pharmacies.
“Amid growing public health concerns due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the decision was taken during a conference call today (Monday, 16 March) to postpone the eight matches on the weekend in question and to suspend the European club rugby season,” EPCR mentioned in a press release.
“EPCR’s priority is the health and welfare of players and club staff, and an update regarding the knockout stages of the tournaments will be communicated to all stakeholders as soon as practicable,” it added.
Clermont will host fellow French aspect Racing 92, High 14 holders Toulouse will welcome Ulster, reigning European champions Saracens head to Dublin to face Leinster and Exeter play Northampton on the English south coast.
Within the second-tier event the Scarlets journey to French giants Toulon, High 14 leaders Bordeaux-Begles face Edinburgh, Premiership outfit Leicester play Castres and the Dragons make the journey throughout the Severn Bridge to Bristol.
Home competitions throughout Europe, which has change into the epicentre of the virus, have already been placed on maintain.