Saracens forfeit Pau fixture due to Covid-19 outbreak

Date published: December 15 2021 - Planet Rugby

Saracens have been forced to forfeit their upcoming Challenge Cup fixture against Pau following a Covid-19 outbreak at the Premiership outfit.

European Professional Club Rugby revealed a 28-0 scoreline and five match points had been given to the Top 14 side, who were due to host Saracens on Saturday.

EPCR added that Saracens had informed them of a “significant number” of positive tests among their squad, meaning they couldn’t safely fulfil the pool fixture.

Immediate action

Saracens said that the outbreak had occurred within their training ground environment, reporting “several positive Covid cases” from a latest round of PCR testing on Monday.

In a statement, Saracens said: “The club has taken the immediate action of closing the training ground and isolating all players, coaches and support staff.

“We have been working closely with EPCR and PRL (Premiership Rugby) and it is with regret that our game versus Section Paloise (Pau) in the EPCR Challenge Cup on Saturday 18th December has had to be forfeited by Saracens due to our inability to field a 23-man squad for this fixture.

“In addition to positive Covid-19 cases, we have players self-isolating due to being close contacts, and a number of players who are currently injured.

“This is extremely disappointing for everyone at the club, but as always the health and well-being of our people is our priority at this time.”

Saracens said that the squad would return to full training on December 24.

“We would like to reassure our supporters that our Gallagher Premiership fixture versus Worcester Warriors on 26th December will still take place,” the club added.

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