The spread and emergence of new strains of coronavirus are getting back in the way of rugby. Due to a new outbreak, the Top 14 was for the moment forced to postpone two games and questions another pair. The duels Brive – La Rochelle Y Bayonne – Castres are officially suspended, while Toulon-Agen Y Bordeaux- Montpellier are in doubt.
For the second consecutive date, the top French rugby competition will not be able to complete its calendar. Last week there were four meetings that could not be held: Montpellier-Toulon, Agen-Bordeaux, Racing 92- Stade Français and Clermont-Brive. The situation does not seem to be much different on this lap.
The eight confirmed cases in Brive and the two positives in Castres they forced the Top 14 organization to suspend both matches. For the clash between Brive and La Rochelle was rescheduled for May 11 or 22 (It depends on the result of the Jono Gibbes team’s result in the Champions Cup). For its part, Bayonne-Castres It will be played on May 29.
Furthermore, there is still the possibility that the crossings between Toulon-Agen and Bordeaux-Montpellier may also have to be suspended. In the case of the first, it will depend on the evolution of infections from last week in Toulon. At the moment, although we still have to wait for the results of the tests, the feeling is more positive than negative according to the local media.
For Bordeaux-Montpellier to be played, we will have to wait for the results of the tests prior to Friday’s game. The Bègles, who presented four cases last week, will have to make sure that the virus is no longer present in their ranks. In the event that a positive swab arrives, the duel will be postponed to a date to be defined due to the fact that both clubs have international competition (Montpellier in the Challenge Cup and Bordeaux in the Champions Cup).