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Ireland head coach Andy Farrell: “It’s incredibly disappointing ….. It would have been a tough rugby challenge against a great Fijian team and a huge opportunity for us to develop as a group and to build on the progress made over the past year ”

Last updated: 04/30/21 5:55 p.m.

Ireland head coach Andy Farrell said it was ‘incredibly disappointing’ that the team will miss their planned summer tour to Fiji

Ireland has canceled its summer tour to Fiji over concerns over a recent coronavirus outbreak on the island.

Fiji has taken lockdown measures to limit the spread of the increase in cases and the increased level of risk has led the IRFU to postpone the country’s series there.

The IRFU will now speak with other unions on the possibilities of organizing alternative test match options for the international window in July.

Ireland head coach Andy Farrell said: “It is incredibly disappointing that we weren’t able to tour Fiji. It would have been a tough rugby challenge against a great Fijian team and a huge opportunity for us to grow as a group and build on the ground, progress made over the past year.

“The tour is such a valuable experience in terms of what we are learning about the group and that is why IRFU has worked tirelessly with Simon Raiwalui, the High Performance General Manager of Fiji Rugby to make the tour a reality. and it is such a shame that he now cannot move forward.

“We will be looking to find alternative fixtures and hope to have them nailed down in the coming weeks.”

IRFU Performance Director David Nucifora said: “A lot of effort went into planning the tour, which was based on a safety-oriented approach. So far, Fiji had been relatively spared by the pandemic, but this situation quickly changed and unfortunately it is no longer viable to proceed with the tour.

“The rugby challenge in Fiji would have been great and would have exposed our players to the athleticism and skills that the Fijians are famous for.

“It would have provided an important window of development for the national group given that they also missed a summer tour in 2020.”

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