Ireland head coach Andy Farrell says he is "very open" to playing the team's postponed Six Nations fixtures in late October or November, with time available to do so.

But he added that there was a feeling of "deflation" among the squad after learning that their final Six Nations fixture against France has been postponed amid efforts to contain the coronavirus, although Farrell also outlined that the camp fully understand the reasoning.

Coupled with the postponement of last weekend's fixture against Italy, it means the 2020 Six Nations came to an abrupt pause for the Irish side with the defeat against England on 23 February.

The matches against Italy and France are expected to be rescheduled, most likely for the Autumn, but that has yet to be confirmed by tournament organisers, with the Six Nations stating that "no immediate announcement will be made on rescheduling".

Reacting to the development, Farrell said there was disappointment that the Irish squad would not have the immediate opportunity to react on-field to the Twickenham setback.

"The reaction of the players when we've come off the back of a good morning's work was one of deflation a little bit," he said.

"Gutted. We've built up for a couple of weeks on the back of a bit of disappointment and we were looking forward to the week ahead for ourselves.

"[We're] disappointed that it's not going ahead but at the same time we fully understand [the decision]."

Farrell also addressed the possibility of playing the postponed fixtures in late October or November.

Ireland are due to play Australia, South Africa and Japan during the 2020 November internationals.

But Farrell has welcomed the possibility of playing a rescheduled game that month. 

"We've got a window for that," he said.

"Some teams, they always schedule four [games] in there but we've scheduled three in November so we've got a window there so we're very open for that."