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'We'll block distractions'


England’s Jamie George. Photo: Sportsfile

England’s Jamie George. Photo: Sportsfile


England’s Jamie George. Photo: Sportsfile

Jamie George insists England's aborted World Cup match against France has prepared them to cope with any disruption caused by the spread of coronavirus.

Ireland's Six Nations clash with Italy on Saturday week has been postponed on the grounds of public health, placing England's climax to the tournament in Rome on March 14 in doubt.

The English EFU is in talks with the Italian Rugby Federation, Six Nations organisers and government agencies in Italy over the viability of the fixture.

Four months ago England were forced to adapt at short notice when their World Cup pool game against France was cancelled because of Super Typhoon Hagibis and they used the extreme weather event to their advantage by relocating from Tokyo to Miyazaki for a warm weather camp. "It's about blocking out distractions. We can take a huge amount of confidence from the way we dealt with and reacted to the typhoon in Japan," George said.

"We've got the best admin staff around so we know we can deal with whatever.

"We are confident that the best decision will be made and we will be in the best position. That's all we can do," he added.