Covid threat to Premiership rugby final after SEVEN Wasps test positive
English rugby’s showpiece occasion has been thrown into doubt after an outbreak of Coronavirus at Premiership finalists Wasps.
Seven members of the playing department, including four players, have tested positive and must isolate until 24 hours before next week’s Twickenham clash with Exeter.
The quartet of players are from the Wasps Academy and share a house and it is understood there is no immediate threat to the first team squad.
But given the way Covid spread through Sale Sharks earlier this month, the Coventry-based club are on high alert and, in what they describe as a “precautionary measure”, have cancelled training for the rest of the week.
The climax to the Premiership campaign has been beset by virus concerns with the build-up to the semi-finals badly disrupted by Sharks’ 27 positives.
Bristol and Bath had to wait until three days before the last-four ties to learn who they were playing and both were then well beaten.
Pat Lam’s Bears were at least given a clean bill of health yesterday, with none of their squad testing positive after their brush with Wasps at the Ricoh.
That means tomorrow’s European Challenge Cup final with Toulon in France goes ahead as scheduled.
European rugby bosses have also confirmed that neither Exeter nor Racing returned a COVID-positive test and that there is no risk to Saturday’s Champions Cup final.
In brighter news for Wasps, star flanker Jack Willis was last night named Players’ Player of the Year at last night’s Rugby Players Association Awards.
The 23-year-old has more than twice as many turnovers as any forward in English rugby’s top flight and was man of the match in Wasps semi-final triumph.
Willis said: “It's an incredible honour to win this and is something later in life that will bring me enormous pride and be a highlight of my career.”
Louis Rees-Zammit took the young player award, with Tom Curry and Zoe Aldcroft named England’s two players of the year.
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