The Jaguares’ match against the Highlanders in Buenos Aires has been called off due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus pandemic.
The Vodacom Super Rugby match was scheduled to be played behind closed doors after a directive from the Argentinian government.
However, in the latest update from Sanzaar, the decision has been made to cancel the game entirely due to concerns over player welfare.
‘The Round 7 Jaguares vs Highlanders Super Rugby fixture scheduled to be played at José Amalfitani Stadium, Buenos Aires on Saturday, 14 March 2020, has been cancelled in response to ongoing player welfare concerns related to the COVID-19 virus,’ a statement from the governing body read.
‘The decision comes following concerns in response to the uncertainty created by the Highlanders Players and Management having to enter self-isolation upon return to New Zealand following the New Zealand governments recently announced travel restrictions.
‘As per Sanzaar Tournament Rules, the decision to cancel a match is made by the Sanzaar Executive Committee following consultation with key stakeholders. Ultimately the decision is made to ensure the safety and well-being of all participants, but to also maintain the integrity of the sport.’
Under official Sanzaar policy, the match has been declared a draw and both teams have been awarded two points.
The announcement comes shortly after Sanzaar’s decision to suspend the 2020 Super Rugby season following the conclusion of this weekend’s matches.
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