Covid outbreak forces Gloucester to cancel final home match of season

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Gloucester’s remaining dwelling match of the season towards Bathtub on Saturday has been cancelled due to a Covid‑19 outbreak which threatens main disruptions to the climax of the present marketing campaign.

Premiership Rugby introduced on Tuesday that the match had been referred to as off due to various instances detected at Gloucester after signs had been reported on Sunday. Because of this Bathtub are set to be awarded victory which might considerably increase their hopes of a top-eight end and qualification for subsequent season’s Champions Cup, all of the whereas denting Gloucester’s hopes.

Bathtub are in ninth place, degree on factors with Wasps, who face London Irish on Saturday. Irish have been crushed by Gloucester – who’re tenth and two factors adrift of a Champions Cup spot – final Friday however it’s believed they’re unaffected by the outbreak.

Gloucester welcomed greater than 3,000 followers to Kingsholm towards Irish however the cancellation denies them the chance to take action once more earlier than the tip of the season. It’s the first Premiership fixture to be referred to as off due to a Covid outbreak since mid-February and the eighth this season.

Gloucester haven’t stated what number of of their gamers have examined constructive or have been compelled to self‑isolate, nor named them.

The British & Irish Lions can be monitoring developments carefully, nevertheless, with Louis Rees-Zammit and Chris Harris due to participate within the pre-tour preparation camp in Jersey this month.

A Premiership Rugby spokesperson stated: “Our precedence is the well being and security of everybody concerned with Gloucester Rugby and Bathtub Rugby and we are going to give the golf equipment any help they want. We want everybody affected a full and speedy restoration. Neither Premiership Rugby nor the membership can be naming any of the gamers or workers concerned and we’d ask everybody to respect their privateness.”

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Scotland have named 17 uncapped gamers together with the Sale hooker Ewan Ashman of their 37-man squad to face England A, Romania and Georgia this summer time. Ashman was referred to as as much as the Six Nations squad this 12 months however continues to be awaiting his debut and had attracted curiosity from England.

The 21-year-old has plumped for Scotland, nevertheless, and is anticipated to be handed his first cap by Mike Blair, who has taken the reins with Gregor Townsend away with the Lions.

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