• RFU had hoped for 20,000 supporters to attend Twickenham
  • Union says it has budgeted to stage all games without fans

The Rugby Football Union is expecting England’s Six Nations opener against Scotland to go ahead next month behind closed doors despite sharply rising numbers of Covid-19 with both governments announcing lockdowns on Monday.

Twickenham is due to stage the Calcutta Cup on 6 February and both the RFU and the Six Nations are planning for the championship to take place as per its current schedule despite suggestions it could move to summer if the British & Irish Lions tour of South Africa does not take place.

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