Gloucester Rugby’s 2020/21 Gallagher Premiership season looks likely to be disrupted in the same way as their final game of the previous campaign against Northampton Saints was.
Leicester Tigers have cancelled all training due to an outbreak of COVID-19 and it seems likely that this Premiership season will be plagued with unplayed fixtures.
The Cherry and Whites are due to play the Tigers at Welford Road on November 21 in their season opener and whilst there is currently no suggestion that the game will be cancelled, Leicester have been forced to shut down their Oval Park training centre following an outbreak of the virus.
Leicester returned “several” positive tests following the latest round of Premiership Rugby’s COVID-19 screening programme and are currently isolating, following the protocols that were put in place to reduce the risk of cases spreading.
The Tigers have issued a statement outlining the issue and what they are doing to solve the problem.
We have made the decision to pause all training commitments and close the training ground in a bid to maintain the integrity of the 2020/21 Gallagher Premiership season, as well as honouring our responsibilities to the Leicestershire community.— Leicester Tigers (@LeicesterTigers) November 5, 2020
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“Leicester Tigers have taken the decision to stop all team training and close the club’s Oval Park training ground facility following a COVID-19 outbreak within the camp,” the statement read.
“The club returned several positive tests for COVID-19 earlier this week following the latest round of Premiership Rugby’s COVID-19 screening programme, including members of the playing group and support staff.
“Leicester Tigers takes its responsibility to maintain high standards extremely seriously at this time and is confident in the measures in place.”
The hope is that the club will have contained the virus and stopped the spread meaning that they will still be able to participate in the fixture.