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England STILL planning for Six Nations finale in , despite Ireland calling off match with due to coronavirus outbreak The Six Nations has seen fixture disruption with the spread of coronavirus  The Irish government called off their home game with on Saturday week Officials at the RFU are confident England's game in will still go ahead The title could still be up for grabs with France, England and Ireland contenders 

By Matt Hughes and Will Kelleher For The Daily Mail

Published: 22:37 GMT, 26 February 2020 | Updated: 22:39 GMT, 26 February 2020

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The Six Nations are scrambling to salvage this season’s championship amid the devastation wrought by coronavirus.

Ireland’s home match against on Saturday week has been postponed and doubts have grown over England’s visit to the following weekend.

Officials at the RFU and the Italian Rugby Federation have expressed confidence that Eddie Jones’ side will be able to finish their campaign as planned at the Stadio Olimpico on March 14. 

Officials in Italy and the RFU are confident England's game in Rome will still go ahead

Officials in and the RFU are confident England's game in will still go ahead

The title could still be up for grabs, but whether the fixture goes ahead will ultimately be decided by the public health advice each union receives from their respective governments.

The Irish government acted decisively in postponing three matches against after the death toll in the country rose to 12 from 378 reported cases. The women’s and Under 20 fixtures scheduled for March 8 in Dublin were also put on hold, putting the viability of the Six Nations in doubt.

Officials from all six countries and the organising committee will hold talks in the next few days about how and when to rearrange postponed fixtures.

The Irish government postponed their home match with Italy amid health concerns over travel

The Irish government postponed their home match with amid health concerns over travel

The women¿s and Under 20 fixtures scheduled for March 8 in Dublin were also put on hold

The women’s and Under 20 fixtures scheduled for March 8 in Dublin were also put on hold

The Six Nations seems certain to over-run, as it did following postponements due to an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in 2001 when it was not completed until October.

The next available date which would not cause huge disruption to the club calendar is the European Cup semi-final weekend at the start of May. 

Grand Slam-chasing France or England may have won the Six Nations by then, but as it stands, Ireland could still have a chance if

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