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Six Nations suspended since March to finish in October

PARIS – England will have a chance to win the Six Nations after organizers released dates on Wednesday for the four remaining matches postponed since March because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Ireland will host Italy in Dublin on Oct. 24, then the final round will be completed on Oct. 31 with Wales vs. Scotland, Italy vs. England in Rome, and France vs. Ireland in Paris.

A home venue for Wales was still be found as Principality Stadium was still being used as a temporary hospital for COVID-19 patients.

England tops the standings ahead of France on points difference.

The six outstanding women’s matches will be played over the weekends of Oct. 24, Oct. 31 and Dec. 5.

The under-20 tournament, with three matches postponed, was abandoned without a champion.

“We remain in close contact with all relevant authorities across the respective jurisdictions to ensure these matches take place in a safe environment and we will announce further details of health and safety protocols and guidance on spectator attendance in due course,” organizers said in a statement.

Because of the travel restrictions preventing many teams from traveling to Europe, organizers also confirmed their plans for an eight-team tournament to replace the men’s autumn tests, involving the Six Nations teams and two other international teams, likely Japan and Fiji.

They expect to announce dates and venues this month.

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