Coronavirus impact: HongKong Ruby leg pushed to October 2020

Hong Kong vs Namibia during their HSBC World Rugby Sevens Qualifier Series match during the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Qualifier Series match as part of the Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens at the Hong Kong Stadium on 07 April 2017 in Hong Kong, China. Photo by David Paul Morris / Future Project Group

BY ENOCK MUKOMA –

Corona Virus epidemic has forced a change of date for Hong Kong and Singapore legs.

The two legs which are part of HSBC 10 leg series were scheduled for early and mid-April. They will now be played in October as announced by HSBC.

The death toll from the virus whose origin is Wuhan china has hit 1100 people occasioning the change of dates by the governing body.

“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.

“This prudent decision was taken based on the World Health Organization and relevant public authority travel and health guidelines. (It) . . . is fully supported by stakeholders, including unions and commercial partners,” the body continued.

Currently, New Zealand tops the log at 76 points, South Africa 56 points and Fiji are third at 53 points.

However, all tickets bought will still be valid for then.

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