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As a sport, the rugby family collaboratively prioritizes player welfare at all levels.
Oceania Rugby in alignment with World Rugby continues to prioritise and ensure that any issues pertaining to medical and injury issues are flagged to prevent health risks to players and officials.
On Sunday 17 November, a member of the Tonga Women’s XV team was reported to the Fiji Ministry of Health & Medical Services and Oceania Rugby to have suspected symptoms of measles.
In light of the widespread outbreak of measles in the region – Samoa, Tonga, Australia, New Zealand and now Fiji have recorded significant cases.
As a consequence, consultations between the Fiji Ministry of Health & Medical Services, and Oceania Rugby on Sunday 17 November, has led to the decision to cancel the second game of Round One today, between: Australia A and Tonga Women’s XVs at 1.00pm (Fiji Time) on Monday 18 November to prevent any possible risks.
Oceania Rugby Tournament Management and Medical Officials have been advised by the Fiji Ministry of Health & Medical Services to adhere to the Fiji Public Health Act, and to follow the required Testing and Quarantine Processes to prevent any widespread contamination.
An updated Draw for Round 2 the Oceania Rugby Women’s Championships will be confirmed and released today following the results of the initial blood tests done on Sunday.
Considering the 2019 Oceania Rugby Women’s Championship is a Rugby World Cup Qualification tournament, ensuring the safety and welfare of all players is paramount.
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