ENGLAND were set to visit Italy for their Six Nations finale back in March when coronavirus was sweeping across the globe.
That game in Rome has was cancelled, leaving the rugby competition in disarray — but there is now a solution: a rearranged fixture.
When will Italy vs England take place?
Italy vs England will take place on October 31 at 4.45pm UK time.
The match is part of the final round of games, which includes rearranged matches for Wales vs Scotland and France vs Ireland as well.
That's not forgetting that Ireland and Italy still have to face each other the week before, on October 24.
How does this affect the Six Nations standings?
France and England are the two favourites to win the Six Nations, although none can do so with a grand slam.
The two teams are tied on 13 points, with England holding the superior points difference after their 33-30 win over Wales before lockdown.
Scotland can win the crown, but it's unlikely.
Only if Gregor Townsend's side beat Wales with a bonus point and both England and France lose without gaining a bonus point, will they lift the trophy for the first time since 1999.
With two games still to play, if Ireland beat Italy by a cricket score in their penultimate game, they will go level on points with England and France – setting up a potential tournament decider in Paris.
Why was Italy vs England rugby been postponed?
Italy vs England was postponed due to outbreak of the coronavirus.
A new law was passed in Italy, before the UK did, meaning all sporting events in the country had to be played behind closed doors.
When was Italy vs England meant to take place?
Italy vs England was supposed to take place on Saturday, March 14 at 4.45pm.
It would have been the penultimate match of the Six Nations with France vs Ireland concluding the tournament.
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