Premiership finalist return seven positive COVID-19 tests

Premiership finalist return seven positive COVID-19 tests

The Premiership final between Exeter Chiefs and Wasps next weekend has been thrown into doubt after seven positive cases at Wasps, the club has confirmed.

Sale Sharks' were forced to forfeit their final regular-season match of the season a fortnight ago and therefore missed the opportunity to make the semi-finals of the competition.

Having defeated Bristol Bears in the semi-final last weekend with a comprehensive 47-24 victory at the Ricoh Arena, Wasps are due to face Exeter Chiefs at Twickenham Stadium on Saturday, October 24.

However, the club may be forced to do the same as Sale and forfeit their clash after seven members of the club, including four players tested positive. 

The club released the following statement on Wednesday:

"Wasps can confirm that seven members of the playing department, three staff members and four players, have returned positive tests for COVID-19.

The Club’s medical team were informed of the test results following the latest round of the PCR COVID-19 screening programme.

All seven, who are in good health overall, are now self-isolating and so are their close contacts. They will continue to follow Public Health England and Premiership Rugby guidelines and protocols. The Club have taken the decision to cancel training for the remainder of this week as an added precautionary measure.

Everyone at Wasps send their best wishes to the players and staff concerned.

The Club’s COVID-19 contact tracing, measures and protocols, which remain rigorous, will continue to be adhered to."

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