End of Premiership season facing chaos after Gloucester Covid outbreak

BREAKING NEWS: Coronavirus outbreak at Gloucester threatens major disruption to the end of the Premiership season with West Country derby with Bath already called off

  • A Covid outbreak at Gloucester is set to ruin the end of the Premiership season
  • A number of players tested positive after Gloucester’s victory over London Irish
  • Gloucester’s West Country derby with Bath on Saturday has been called off
  • A Premiership Rugby panel will meet to discuss how the points will be given out 

The closing rounds of the Premiership season are set to be disrupted by a significant coronavirus outbreak at Gloucester. 

The club’s West Country derby with Bath on Saturday has been called off after a number of players tested positive.

Competition organisers are currently investigating the outbreak, which was confirmed after Gloucester’s victory over London Irish.

The Premiership season finale is facing disruption after a coronavirus outbreak at Gloucester

Several Gloucester players tested positive after their victory over London Irish on Friday night

Gloucester announced they will be stopping all team training with the entire playing staff in self-isolation. The club’s Kingsholm Stadium will also be closed as Gloucester try to resolve the outbreak.  

A club statement read: ‘Health, wellbeing and safety are paramount, and all players and staff are being monitored by the Gloucester Rugby medical staff, in addition to their families being offered support where necessary.

‘In the interests of privacy, Gloucester Rugby will not be disclosing the names of those affected.

Saturday’s West Country derby between Gloucester and Bath has now been cancelled 

‘We are wishing all of our players and staff affected by this outbreak a speedy recovery.’

Premiership Rugby confirmed the cancellation of Saturday’s West Country derby and wished those in the Gloucester camp well. 

Their statement on Twitter read: ‘Our priority is the health and safety of everyone involved with Gloucester Rugby and Bath Rugby and we will give the clubs any support they need. We wish everyone affected a full and speedy recovery.’ 

Under the league’s rules, the fixture will be cancelled outright and a Premiership Rugby panel will meet to determine how the points will be allocated.  

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