Premiership Battling New COVID-19 Cancellations, Gloucester v Northampton follows Sale v Worcester

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Premiership Rugby Press Release

LONDON,  ENGLANDPremiership Rugby can confirm that tomorrow’s Gallagher Premiership Rugby match between Gloucester Rugby and Northampton Saints has been cancelled.

Northampton Saints informed Premiership Rugby on Friday that they had insufficient front row players to start the match. The situation was created as a result of a large number of positive COVID-19 tests [16 positive] at Sale Sharks, following the Gallagher Premiership Rugby match between the two sides last Tuesday evening.

Following the completion of the Track and Trace Audit, a number of the Northampton Saints playing squad are now self-isolating, in accordance with Public Health England guidance.

Premiership Regulations states that: In the interests of safety each team playing in the Premiership must have at least six (6) fit and able Players in the squad who can play at hooker, tight head prop and loosehead prop who are suitably trained and experienced to ensure that on the first occasion that a replacement in any front row position is required (whether due to injury or consequent to a Player(s) being temporarily suspended or ordered off) the team can continue to play safely with contested scrums.”
Darren Childs, Chief Executive at Premiership Rugby said: “When we embarked on Rugby Restart back in August we said from the outset that the health and safety of everyone involved with Premiership Rugby was our priority.
“We completed eight of the nine rounds of Gallagher Premiership Rugby without losing a match so it is with great regret that we make this announcement today. We understand and fully sympathize with Northampton Saints’ position. They are in this position due to no fault of their own, but unfortunately they cannot fulfil the fixture.”

In accordance with Premiership Rugby regulations the match has been awarded as a 20-0 victory to Gloucester Rugby, with Gloucester Rugby been awarded five league points and Northampton Saints zero.

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NEW YORK, NY – Historically speaking, there hasn’t been a worse year for USA Rugby since its inception. The man left standing after a Chapter 11 filing and the crushing effects of #COVID-19, CEO Ross Young, answers the hard questions from Matt McCarthy and Steve Lewis re three main topics:

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  • Racism in Rugby: What is USA Rugby doing to re diversity and exposure?
  • Rugby World Cup 2027: Is the American Dream of a Rugby World Cup a reality?



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