Munster's and Connacht's upcoming Guinness Pro14 fixtures against Benetton and Zebre have been postponed due to the outbreak of the coronavirus in the northern part of the country.

The Italian government has now extended restrictions on sporting events until 3 April and the latest travel alerts from the Irish government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade advise against non-essential travel to certain regions of Italy, including Veneto and Emilia-Romagna.

The Pro14 has said it has "taken this action in order to protect the wellbeing of our participating clubs’ players, other staff and supporters, and provide some degree of certainty in an evolving situation" and added that the the decision is fully supported by the board of Celtic Rugby DAC.

As none of the clubs are involved in EPCR competitions, the Pro14 is aiming to reschedule the games on dates during the European weekends in April and May.

Discussions are still ongoing regarding the rescheduling of the postponed fixtures of Zebre v Ospreys and Benetton v Ulster.

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