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Saints’ match at London Irish called off

Northampton Saints’ Gallagher Premiership clash at London Irish – originally scheduled for Sunday 3 January – has been called off by Premiership Rugby.

London Irish returned a number of positive tests in the latest round of PCR testing, and have players unavailable for the match due to the Contact Tracing protocols.

Therefore, in consultation with Public Health England, the match has been called off and the London Irish training ground has been closed. The next round of testing will be on Monday 4 January.

“Our priority is the health and safety of those who have tested positive, and we will be giving London Irish all the support they need,” said a Premiership Rugby spokesperson.

“We wish those who have tested positive a speedy and safe 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.” 

Under the Premiership Rugby regulations, the match between London Irish and Northampton Saints will be cancelled.

A Premiership Rugby panel will now be convened to determine the allocation of points and a further announcement will be made in due course.

To read the clauses about COVID-19 in the Premiership Rugby regulations, please CLICK HERE.