Australian tours may be in doubt following attacks

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As the sports world reacted yesterday to events in Afghanistan, two tours from Down Under came under threat.

Australian Rugby Union officials are to monitor world events "on a daily basis" ahead of the Wallabies' forthcoming European tour, while their rugby league counterparts are to make a decision tomorrow about their visit to Britain.

The Wallabiessquad is due to arrive in London on 21 October, but the ARU's managing director, John O'Neill, said that it would not force players to travel.

The Rugby League faces a crippling financial blow if the Kangaroos pull out of their British trip. The League is looking to the tour, with its potential income of more than £2m, to balance its books. The Kangaroos are due to fly out on Saturday for a seven-match visit.

The Springboks' RU match against the United States Eagles in December will go ahead.

Football's European governing body, Uefa, said yesterday that the eight Champions' League matches postponed after the attacks on the United States will also go ahead as scheduled tomorrow.Republic of Ireland officials had talks with Fifa, the world governing body, yesterday over possibly rescheduling their World Cup play-off against an Asian side – which could be Iran or Uzbekistan.

England's cricket tour to India will go ahead, according to the England and Wales Cricket Board chief executive Tim Lamb, although he said the tour could still be cancelled if the situation deteriorates.

The golfer John Daly has refused to play in this week's World Match Play Championship at Wentworth because organisers have declined to get the American home in a private jet. Daly tied for second place in the German Masters on Sunday, having flown to Cologne in Bernhard Langer's jet.

Sunday's Japanese Grand Prix will definitely take place, it was confirmed yesterday.

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