In the last hours there was a great debate in English rugby. Due to the positive cases of Covid-19 in the Sale campus, there was speculation about canceling the game against Worcester, which would give him the game lost 20-0 and leave him out of the semifinals. Finally, the tournament organization opted for it to be postponed until Wednesday with a new swab to the squad.
On the last date scheduled for Sunday, the 6 games were to be played at the same time as the semifinalists were defined. The only one who had his ticket insured was Exeter (74), while there are still 4 teams competing for 3 places: Wasps with 66 points, Bath (65), Sale (64) and Bristol (64). Today, the Sharks would enter for the best difference of so many.
Now, the sharks reported through a statement that “in relation to recent media speculation about a Covid-19 outbreak in, the club can now confirm that there was a series of positive tests this week.”
“After Worcester Warriors raised concerns regarding safety for Sunday’s game, advice was sought from Public Health England, and Sale Sharks, Worcester Warriors and Premiership Rugby we have decided to postpone the game until Wednesday, October 7, 2020 in order to allow new Covid-19 tests to be carried out in these days prior to the game.
“There are still a number of health and safety hurdles to overcome before the match can be organized on Wednesday night,” said Darren Childs, Premiership Rugby Executive Director. “The decision is subject to a new test in Sale on Tuesday, October 6, 2020,” adds Childs. It is essential that the evidence is clear to any player participating in the game and that PHE is satisfied with the results. Sale Sharks and Worcester Warriors will not register any new players with the RFU prior to the rescheduled game. “
An independent audit of the track and trace processes in Sale will be conducted over the next few days before the match is played and once these steps have been completed Premiership rugby will make a further announcement about the match.