Coronavirus: Sales matches vs Worcester, Gloucester vs Northampton postponed after positive sales tests | Rugby news


Sale Sharks were due to play in Worcester on Sunday

Sale’s Gallagher Premiership game against Worcester and Northampton’s trip to Gloucester have been postponed due to positive tests for coronavirus in a number of Sharks players.

The Sharks’ game with Worcester was the first of Sunday’s games to be postponed after a number of Sale’s players were found to be carriers of COVID-19.

Premiership Rugby then confirmed later on Saturday that Gloucester vs Northampton at Kingsholm will not take place either, with the Saints left short of frontline options after a number of their players were invited to s ‘isolate after a Track and Trace audit after they lost to Sale midweek.

The Saints were forced to forfeit the game, which will be recorded as a 20-0, five-point win at Gloucester.

Neither team was able to participate in the play-offs and the Saracens’ relegation had already been confirmed.

Sale – currently in fourth and one of four clubs chasing the final three play-off places – insisted he could still fill the game on Sunday, but it has now been postponed to Wednesday.

It still depends on whether a number of factors are met, including a new round of coronavirus tests in Sale on Tuesday.

A statement from Premiership Rugby read: “Following the announcement yesterday that there had been a number of positive tests at Sale Sharks, as part of the League’s CR COVID-19 screening program, Premiership Rugby took the Premiership Rule 4.1 (c) decision to postpone the Sale Sharks v Worcester Warriors game until Wednesday, October 7.

“This decision was made after consultation with Sale Sharks, Worcester Warriors and Public Health England to ensure that the health and well-being of all players is protected while protecting the integrity of the competition. “

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Darren Childs, Chief Executive Officer of Premiership Rugby, said: “In light of the unprecedented situation facing Premiership Rugby, we were forced to postpone the game.

“Our priority is the health and well-being of everyone involved, and we are not compromising that. But since this match is such a critical influence on the decision of the champions Gallagher Premiership Rugby, we wanted to do everything we could to play it.

“The Premiership Rugby team worked around the clock to find a solution and we would like to thank Public Health England for their cooperation.

“There are still a number of health and safety hurdles to overcome before the game can be staged on Wednesday night. The decision is subject to:

1. A series of additional tests to be completed during the sale on Tuesday October 6, 2020. It is essential that the tests are clear to any player participating in the game and that PHE is satisfied with the results.

2. Sale Sharks and Worcester Warriors will not register any new players with the RFU until the game resumes.

3. An independent audit of the sales tracking and traceability processes is performed over the next few days before the game is played.

“Once these steps are completed, we will make another announcement. “

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In response, Sale released a statement which read: “With regard to recent media speculation regarding a COVID-19 outbreak at Sale Sharks, the club can now confirm that there have been a number of positive tests this week.

“The well-being of all Premiership Rugby players, employees and officials remains Sale Sharks’ number one priority.

“Although a significant number of positive tests were recorded, the Sale Sharks have rigorously followed the PRL and RFU protocols throughout the pandemic in order to contain the spread of the virus.

“The club are therefore in a position to complete their Gallagher Premiership Round 22 match with Worcester Warriors, scheduled for Sunday at 3 pm.

“However, after Worcester Warriors expressed concerns about the safety of the match which will take place on Sunday, we have sought advice from Public Health England and Sale Sharks, Worcester Warriors and Premiership Rugby have decided to postpone the match until Wednesday 7 October 2020 to allow more COVID. -19 tests to be performed before assembly.

“Sale Sharks want to reassure their supporters that all the players and staff at the club are doing well at the moment. ”

Regarding Gloucester’s match with Northampton, Premiership Rugby confirmed in a separate statement that the match has been called off, with no date changed.

Childs, CEO of Premiership Rugby, said: “When we launched Rugby Restart in August, we said from the start that the health and safety of everyone involved in Premiership Rugby was our priority.

“We completed eight of Gallagher Premiership Rugby’s nine rounds without losing a game, so it is with great regret that we make this announcement today.

“We fully understand and sympathize with the position of the Northampton Saints. They are in this position without fail on their part, but unfortunately they cannot complete the game. ”

Title favorite Exeter is already in next week’s semifinals, but Sale, along with Wasps, Bath and Bristol are also up for grabs.


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