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Premiership records highest number of positive coronavirus cases this season |  Rugby news


A total of 33 Premiership players and staff have tested positive for Covid this week; the previous highest total was 18; The Harlequins’ game in Worcester was called off on Wednesday due to coronavirus concerns at the London club; London Irish game against Northampton has also been called off

Last updated: 12/30/20 19:51 pm

Premiership Rugby has confirmed that 33 people from 10 different clubs tested positive for the coronavirus in their latest round of tests – the highest number this season.

A total of 951 players and staff from the 12 Premiership clubs were tested on Monday. The 33 positives consisted of 24 players and nine staff.

Those who tested positive, along with their close contacts, are now isolating themselves.

A statement from Premiership Rugby read: “Premiership Rugby and the Rugby Football Union are providing this aggregated information for the integrity and transparency of the competition for the second consecutive season.

“No specific details regarding clubs or individuals will be provided under any circumstances. The number of positive results will be made public after each round of testing.”

The latest number of positive tests for the coronavirus in the Premiership is almost double the previous record of 18, recorded two weeks ago.

Premiership records highest number of positive coronavirus cases this season |  Rugby news

Harlequins’ game in Worcester on Friday was called off due to Covid issues at the London club

On Wednesday evening, the London Premiership game against Northampton, scheduled for January 3, was called off after the Irish returned positive tests and therefore have players unavailable due to Contact Tracing protocols.

A Premiership Rugby spokesperson said: “Our priority is the health and safety of those who have tested positive and we will give the London Irish all the support they need.

“We wish those who have tested positive a quick and safe recovery.

“Neither Premiership Rugby nor the club will name any of the players or staff involved and we ask everyone to respect their privacy.”

Previously, the Harlequins’ Premiership match in Worcester, which was due to take place on Friday, had been called off as the London side were unable to field a full front row due to contact tracing protocols.

A Quins player returned a positive test after his Boxing Day loss to Bristol, forcing six other players to self-isolate for 10 days.

The club banned all players from training for a week to “minimize the use and possible contamination of the training facility, such is the need to protect the health and well-being of players and staff “.

A Premiership Rugby panel will determine the allocation of points. Under current regulations, Worcester would have four and Quins two.

A Premiership Rugby spokesperson said: “We would never cancel a game lightly, because we understand the consequences, but we will always put health and safety first.

“Neither Premiership Rugby nor the club will name any of the players or staff involved and we ask everyone to respect their privacy.”

Premiership Rugby Covid test results

  • Week 1: 967 tests, seven positives from three clubs
  • Week 2: 983 tests, three positives, one club
  • Week 3: 986 tests, zero positives
  • Week 4: 1034 tests, three positives, two clubs
  • Week 5: 1047, 18 positives, two clubs
  • Week 6: 967 tests, 12 positive, five clubs
  • Week 7: 951 tests, 33 positive, 10 clubs





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