Heineken Champions Cup: Holders Exeter match in Toulouse canceled after Covid-19 epidemic

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Title holder Exeter beat Glasgow 42-0 in their Champions Cup opener last weekend

Holders Exeter’s Heineken Champions Cup match in Toulouse on Sunday was called off due to a Covid-19 outbreak among the Chiefs.

Glasgow’s home game against Lyon on Saturday was also called off – because the Warriors played Exeter last weekend.

European bosses will now meet to decide the results of canceled matches.

It is envisaged that the matches cannot be reorganized due to match congestion.

A statement from the European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR) said: “The EPCR has been informed that a number of players and staff from Exeter Chiefs have tested positive for Covid-19.

“In accordance with public health rules, the club will not be able to send a team of the day to complete its match in the second round of the Heineken Champions Cup against Toulouse at the Ernest Wallon stadium on Sunday 20 December.

“The match in Pool B is therefore canceled. “

Twenty Glasgow players are self-isolating after facing Exeter, and a Warriors statement said that, along with “a long list of injuries” meant he was “not sure” to play Saturday’s game. against Lyon.

The Glasgow statement added: “Glasgow Warriors will now focus on mitigating any additional risk to their team in order to protect the forthcoming 1872 Cup matches against Edinburgh in the Guinness Pro14. “

When the recent Fall Nations Cup matches in Fiji were called off due to a coronavirus outbreak within the squad, their opponents won a 28-0 victory.

The Champions Cup uses a new shortened format this year, with each team playing just two more at home and away in the group stage.

After that, the top four teams from each of the two groups of 12 teams will advance to the quarter-finals, which will make the bonus points and the point difference even greater in the group stage.

The EPCR statement continued: “In accordance with its Covid-19 protocol, the EPCR will convene match results resolution committees to determine the results of canceled matches and committee decisions will be communicated as soon as possible. “

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