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Royal School Armagh’s Schools’ Cup final clash cancelled due to coronavirus

The tie with Wallace High will be rearranged

The Royal School Armagh’s Schools’ Cup final clash scheduled for St Patrick’s Day has been called off.

The Irish Rugby Football Union issued an update this afternoon in relation to the coronavirus spread.

As a result, it cancelled all domestic rugby fixtures.

It means that Tuesday’s final against Wallace High School at the Kingspan Stadium has been put off.

It will now be played at a later date.

An IRFU spokesperson said: “We will work with clubs and schools to rearrange fixtures, such as the Schools Cup finals.”

In a statement the IRFU said it, together with Connacht, Leinster, Munster and Ulster Rugby, was suspeneding “all domestic rugby activity” from 6pm this evening (March 12) until March 29, inclusive.

This was in response to the Irish Government advice on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

It added: “Future domestic rugby activity will be reviewed in line with Government advice.

“All rugby activities across clubs and schools, from minis to adult rugby, must now cease.”

City of Armagh Rugby, in a statement, advised of the impact locally.

It said: “Following the announcement this afternoon by the IRFU, all rugby is suspended for two weeks.

“The pre-match lunch this Saturday will therefore not be going ahead.

“We will keep you updated of any further developments as we get them.”

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