London Irish’s final Premiership game of the season at Bristol is CANCELLED after Exiles suffer a significant number of positive Covid cases before Ashton Gate fixture
- London Irish’s final Premiership match against Bristol has been cancelled
- The Exiles’ have suffered a ‘significant number’ of coronavirus cases
- The match at Ashton Gate, set for Saturday afternoon, is now officially off
- Irish could still qualify for Europe next season if results go their way
London Irish’s trip to Bristol today has been cancelled due to Covid cases in the Exiles’ camp.
As revealed by Sportsmail on Friday, Irish had a couple of lateral flow tests come back positive.
After arranging follow-up PCRs the positive results remained, and when going through the contact-tracing process that knocked out ‘a significant number’ of Irish’s team for the Ashton Gate match.
London Irish’s final Premiership match at Bristol is off after a Covid outbreak at the Exiles
This morning Premiership Rugby confirmed the game was therefore off – the second of six final-day matches to be cancelled after Gloucester’s trip to Worcester also fell by the wayside due to an outbreak at Kingsholm.
A Premiership Rugby spokesperson said: ‘Our priority is the health and safety of everyone involved with London Irish and Bristol Bears and we will give the clubs any support they need. We wish everyone affected a full and speedy recovery.
‘Neither Premiership Rugby nor the club will be naming any of the players or staff involved and we’d ask everyone to respect their privacy.’
Irish could still qualify for the final Heineken Champions Cup slot for next season, available to the eighth-placed side, if Bath fail to beat Northampton as they are now likely to be awarded two points and Bristol four as per league rules.
Irish could still qualify for the Heineken Champions Cup if results go their way on Saturday