POSTPONED: As expected Munster and Bennetton’s Pro 14 clash won’t go ahead

Munster Rugby’s Guinness PRO14 Round 15 fixture against Benetton Rugby that was due to take place in Irish Independent Park on Friday March 27 has been postponed.

Guinness PRO14 have confirmed that all Round 14 and 15 fixtures involving Benetton Rugby and Zebre Rugby Club have now been postponed due to restrictions enforced by the Italian government that will prevent the teams from travelling.

The Round 14 game between Cardiff Blues and Zebre in Wales and the Round 15 game between Munster Rugby and Benetton in Ireland have now been postponed.

Guinness PRO14, Stadio Monigo, Italy 12/4/2019 Benetton vs Munster Munster’s Fineen Wycherley and Tommaso Allan of Benetton Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Elena Barbini

This means that six Italian fixtures now require alternative dates as authorities in Italy take action to combat the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus. PRO14 Rugby has been consistent in ensuring that it has the latest information and guidance made available by the local and national authorities via our participating unions in the UK, Ireland, Italy and South Africa.

Currently in northern Italy, no unnecessary travel is permitted in or out of the Lombardy region and 14 other provinces, which include the cities of Treviso and Parma.

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These restrictions are in place until Friday, April 3, 2020 and PRO14 Rugby will remain in contact with the FIR (Italian Union), Zebre Rugby Club, Benetton Rugby and World Rugby to monitor situation on a regular basis.

To ensure the safety of our players and spectators PRO14 Rugby fully supports the preventative measures taken in Italy and will adhere to the directives from the World Health Organisation and local authorities.

Postponed fixtures
R13: Zebre Rugby Club v Ospreys Rugby; Benetton Rugby v Ulster Rugby
R14: Cardiff Blues v Zebre Rugby Club; Benetton Rugby v Munster Rugby
R15: Munster Rugby v Benetton Rugby; Zebre Rugby Club v Connacht Rugby

As previously indicated, PRO14 Rugby will aim to reschedule these matches on dates during the European weekends in April and May. PRO14 Rugby is currently engaged with EPCR to avoid any scheduling conflicts with European knock-out games.

Tickets purchased for the Munster Rugby v Benetton Rugby fixture will remain valid for any rescheduled date, ticket holders are asked to retain their tickets for now.

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