Six Nations committee set new dates
March 14, 2001

In a move that is sure to anger the English clubs the Six Nations committee have issued a statement detailing the new dates of the postponed Lloyds/TSB Six Nations matches.

The game between Ireland and England is now set to be played on the same day as the Zurich Premiership play-off semi finals and is bound to create a club v country collision course.

Although the statement sets out dates and kick off times for the three games there is a proviso that relates to Irish Government concerns over the control of the present epidemic.
"On the assumption that the conditions set by the Irish Government concerning a cessation of outbreaks are met, the re-arranged matches involving Ireland are scheduled to take place on the previously announced weekends as follows:-
Sunday 29th April 2001 - Wales v Ireland - Kick-off 14H00
Saturday 5th May 2001 - Ireland v England - Kick-off 16H00
Saturday 12th May 2001 - Scotland v Ireland - Kick-off 13H15
Clearly, these dates would be subject to alteration, if the circumstances relating to the Foot and Mouth outbreak dictated."

The announcement also reiterated the Committee's insistence that this seasons Six Nations would be completed but stated that regular meetings will continue "to monitor changing circumstances and their possible impact on the current arrangements for the remaining 6 Nations matches."

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