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Townsend admits summer tour could be in doubt

Scotland coach Gregor Townsend admits their summer Tests against South Africa and New Zealand are now under threat because of the coronavirus.

Their final Six Nations clash against Wales was cancelled at the weekend, along with a host of other top sporting events, including the Premier League football.

Now there is chance that Scotland's summer tour could also be affected. Townsend's men are due to play world champions South Aftica in two Test matches in July, before moving on to play New Zealand.

However there is so much uncertainty at the moment, Townsend admits there is no guarantee the fixtures will get played.

"We're hoping the virus' peak comes and goes by then and we can get back to normal life," he said. "Hopefully that will be before the summer but obviously if that takes longer than that then (the summer tour) could be affected too."

Townsend was disappointed that the clash with Wales was cancelled but has no complaints and now expects the fixture to be played on October 31.

"I've now heard that late October is likely to be the date leading up to the November Tests," he added. "I did hear the summer getting mentioned as well but I imagine it will get pushed back to a later date when Ireland are looking to play their games.

"They've got two games remaining so it makes sense we all play that final round of fixtures on the same weekend."

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