The last date of the Premiership had everything defined and the formations confirmed, however, this Saturday morning it was decided suspend the match that went to Bristol and London Irish. The thing is in the irish, where Agustín Creevy was going to start and Facundo Gigena was confirmed in the substitute bench, positive cases of Covid 19 were detected and it was decided to cancel the meeting that was to take place at the Ashton Gate.
The Irish tested positive for Covid-19 this week, with Premiership Rugby saying: “A significant number of players were ruled out for the match through the contact tracing process. This means that Londoners they will not be able to fulfill the commitment against Bristol”.
It is the second game of the last weekend of the Premiership regular season which is ruled out for Covid-19 reasons, following the cancellation of the trip from Gloucester to Worcester. As resolved in this game and throughout the season, Bristol will surely win the match. If confirmed, the Bears will finish in first place in the tournament and they will play the semifinals at home against Harlequins next weekend.
Exeter and Sale Sharks, who play today Saturday, will repeat in 7 days, but for the other semifinal of the tournament. A Premiership Rugby spokesperson added: “Our priority is the health and safety of everyone involved with the London Irish and Bristol Bears, and we will provide the clubs with the support they need. We wish all those affected a speedy recovery ”.
From the body that manages the English tournament, they also stressed that “neither the Premiership Rugby nor the club will name any of the players or staff involved, and we ask everyone to respect their privacy.”