28 February 2020

England rugby's Emily Scarratt says coronavirus denying them Grand Slam is 'out of our hands'

England rugby's Emily Scarratt has said her side's hopes of a second successive Six Nations Grand Slam could be in doubt due to the coronavirus.

The Red Roses are due to fly to Italy on March 15 for their last match, but the game may be postponed due to the global outbreak.

Italy's games with Scotland and Ireland were both rescheduled, but Scarratt has insisted it is something they cannot control.

Speaking to Sky Sports, she said: "Look, it's out of our hands. We can't do anything about it. If it does get cancelled, if it does go ahead… We'll see how that one pans out.

"For us it's eyes towards Wales, see what happens there and then hopefully we'll have a last game of the Six Nations.

"We've got doctors and professionals making decisions for us and we'll take whatever advice they give us, as they know a lot more than we do.

"Of course we want to play the game, but things like this are probably bigger. There's a lot going on the world right now, and some things are more important. But we will see what happens - we want to play."

England first have to take on Wales, a match which kicks off at 12.05pm on Saturday, March 7.

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