The# prospect of Ireland's rugby tour of Australia going ahead in 2020 has receded further amid reports Down Under that restrictions on travel there could last until the end of the year.
Andy Farrell's men are scheduled to play two Tests in July. Although those matches are now almost certainly off, it had been hoped that the countries could meet in October as part of an elongated Test window.
World Rugby are working to find a solution to the cash crisis brought about by the shutdown from the Covid-19 pandemic, but their contingencies will depend on governments easing their restrictions on movement and public gatherings.
If the reports in the Sydney Morning Herald prove correct, it would be major blow to the coffers at Rugby Australia and also in the northern hemisphere where the Wallabies are due to tour in November.
The IRFU are already counting the cost of revenue lost from the postponed Six Nations matches and Leinster's European quarter-final against Saracens. One solution could see the Six Nations being extended to a home and away format, with games either side of Christmas.