Ireland’s Six Nations game against Italy in Dublin on 7 March should be postponed because of the coronavirus situation, says Irish Health Minister Simon Harris.
Eleven people have died in Italy and more than 300 tested positive for the virus, while 11 towns are in lockdown.
“This game should not go ahead,” Harris told Irish broadcaster RTE .
He said he would be meeting with the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) on Wednesday morning.
Earlier, Six Nations organisers said they were “monitoring very closely” the coronavirus situation.