SCOTLAND’S Autumn Nations Cup clash with Fiji has been axed due to coronavirus.
The South Pacific Islanders were due to take on the Scots on November 28 – but their campaign has turned into a disaster.
Their squad and staff are still having to isolate after a mass breakout out of Covid-19 within their ranks saw 29 members test positive last week.
Their two opening games against France and Italy have also been called off following the latest round of testing.
France were awarded a 28-0 win after their Group B opener was cancelled last Saturday.
Now Gregor Townsend Scotland will be anticipating being handed the same.
A Scottish Rugby statement said: “While this is very disappointing news, we support the decision to cancel the game and wish a speedy recovery to those affected in the Fijian squad.
“Our focus remains fully on Sunday’s match against France.”
It means Fiji are now guaranteed to finish bottom of their pool despite not playing a game.
However, tournament chiefs are still hoping Vern Cotter’s team can take part in the final round of games on December 5.
A statement from the Autumn Nations Cup organisers said: “The extent of infection in the Fiji camp, combined with a minimum 10-day isolation period, plus the obvious need for suitable preparation for any international Test match meant that, whilst difficult, the decision was unavoidable.
“The tournament organisers remain in constant contact with the Fijian squad regarding their wellbeing and recovery which continues to be the number one priority.
“The Fiji team and the organisers are hopeful that the fourth match on December 5th against the team that will finish in 4th place in Pool A will be able to take place, subject to checks on fitness levels once the players come out of isolation and following all appropriate protocols.”