The Department of Health are currently examining legislation that appears to prevent international sporting fixtures such as the Six Nations and World Cup qualifiers from being played in Ireland. As Ireland are set to host France in Sunday’s Six Nations games in the Aviva Stadium, the department has confirmed to the Irish Examiner they are scrutinizing the latest amendment to the Health Act pertaining to temporary Covid-19 restrictions. The wording of the clause seems to exclude those events that don’t involve players contracted to other countries’ rugby federations or clubs. The Republic of Ireland’s first World Cup 2022 Group A qualifying fixtures at home is against Luxembourg in the Aviva Stadium on March 27. The latest development comes as it was clarified to the GAA this week that their inter-county games are no longer permitted under Level 5 Covid-19 restrictions.
Source: Irish Examiner February 11, 2021 16:15 UTC