The Singapore and Hong Kong legs of the World Rugby Sevens Series have been postponed due to the deadly coronavirus.
The outbreak has killed more than 1300 people in China and infected tens of thousands more, and there are signs infection rates are continuing to rise.
Maurice Longbottom breaks away from the Scottish defence at the Sydney Sevens in Parramatta earlier this month.Credit:Getty
The Singapore tournament, which was due to take place on April 11-12, will now be held on October 10-11. The Hong Kong leg has been moved from April 3-5 to October 16-18.
"The health and safety of our players, fans and everyone working on the event is always our highest priority," World Rugby said in a statement on Thursday.
"This prudent decision … was taken based on the World Health Organisation and relevant public authority travel and health guidelines. [It] … is fully supported by stakeholders, including unions and commercial partners."
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