Premiership Rugby confirm two positive coronavirus cases from latest testing ahead of planned restart
- Premiership Rugby tested 917 players and staff for coronavirus on Monday
- One player and one staff member had positive results ahead of planned restart
- They are from two separate clubs ahead of provisional restart date of August 15
Two positive coronavirus cases have been returned from the latest round of testing by Premiership Rugby ahead of the sport’s planned resumption of their delayed season.
There were 917 players and staff tested in the fifth week of the programme, with one player and one staff member, from different clubs, now placed in isolation according to government advice.
Last week’s round of testing saw four players and one staff member return positive results, with two cases in week three, nine in week two and 10 in week one.
Premiership Rugby have confirmed two positive coronavirus cases in their latest tests
PREMIERSHIP RUGBY TESTING RESULTS
Week One (6 July) – 804 players and club staff were tested. Of these, ten people tested positive. Of those ten, six were players and four non-playing staff
Week Two (13 July) – 856 players and club staff were tested. Of these, nine people tested positive. Of those nine, seven were players and two non-playing staff.
Week Three (20 July) – 896 players and club staff were tested. Of these, two players tested positive.
Week Four (27 July) – 846 players and club staff were tested. Of these, five people tested positive. Of those five, four were players and one was a non-playing member of staff.
Week Five (3 August) – 917 players and club staff were tested. Of these, two people tested positive. Of those two, one is a player and one is a non-playing member of staff.
England’s elite club rugby competition has been suspended since March 8 due to the ongoing pandemic, with the league setting a provisional date of August 15 to resume the campaign.
There are nine rounds of games left to be played, although relegation is not an issue with Saracens already set to play in the Championship as punishment for salary cap breaches.
Exeter lead the table by five points from Sale with Bristol and Northampton Saints filling the remaining play-off places.
All competitions below the Premiership were cancelled near the start of lockdown, with Newcastle Falcons’ promotion from the second tier confirmed.
They had been relegated from the top flight the previous season but have now sealed an immediate return.
The remaining matches are likely to be played behind closed doors and possibly at neutral venues as club stadiums are audited for suitability in complying with hygiene regulations.
The Six Nations have also recently confirmed their plans to complete the international competition in October, having been forced to postpone the final round of games.
‘It is important for us to give players, coaches and clubs clarity on when they can look to return,’ said Premiership chief Darren Childs.
‘Nothing will happen until it is safe to do so but we will do everything we can to resume the 2019-20 Gallagher Premiership Rugby campaign on Saturday, 15 August.’
Premiership Rugby have confirmed their intention for the season to resume again on August 15
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