England's Six Nations clash against Italy in doubt as match set to be played in closed doors

England coach Eddie Jones
England coach Eddie Jones

England's final round of the Six Nations tournament against Italy scheduled in Rome is under doubt after the game was ordered to be played in closed doors after the outbreak of coronavirus.

The decision follows after the government announcement that all sporting events including Six Nations, Women's Six Nations and Serie A games to be played with empty stadium until 3rd April in order to avoid the virus from being spread.

Italy has been the worst hit European country since the coronavirus broke as 107 deaths have been reported from 3090 cases.

According to sources it is understood that the fixture which has been originally scheduled on 14th March will now be played at a different date.

"There will be no sporting events with the presence of the public in order to prevent further contagion opportunities," a statement from the government read.

"Sports events and competitions of all kinds and disciplines, held in every place, both public and private, are suspended; however it is permitted to carry out the aforementioned events and competitions behind closed doors, or outdoors without the presence of the public.

"In all such cases, the associations and sports clubs, by means of their medical staff, are required to carry out the appropriate checks to contain the risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus among athletes, technicians, managers and all accompanying persons who participate."

Earlier, the fourth round clash between Ireland and Italy to be played in Dublin was also postponed.