Singapore 7s cancelled
April 19, 2003

The International Rugby Board has cancelled the Singapore Sevens due to the SARS virus.

IRB sevens manager Mark Egan said that a number of teams due to compete in the tournament, due to be played at the end of May, were unwilling to play,

"The majority of the teams have expressed serious reservations about traveling to the South East Asian region due to the increasing concerns over the spread of the SARS virus," Egan told The Associated Press.

"The health and safety of the teams and match officials is our main priority, and we do not have sufficient guarantees that the situation will be any better by the end of May."

The SARS virus has laos caused the cancellation of the Sevens tournaments in China and Malaysia. The Chile leg was also withdrawn due to funding problems..

The last remaining legs are in Wales and London.

Defending champion New Zealand leads the series standings with 92 points, with Australia (52) in fourth position.

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