After the Saints tested positive in the recent round of coronavirus tests and the club’s training ground was locked, Northampton’s Gallagher Premiership match against Leicester on Saturday was called off, Premiership Rugby said in a statement.
“The health and safety of the players, management, staff and officials is our priority,” a spokesperson for Premiership Rugby said. Premiership Rugby | Northampton Saints v Leicester Tigers cancelled “The health and safety of the players, management, staff and officials is our priority.” https://t. “Co/j7adqiVwuJ- Premiership Rugby (@premrugby) January 6, 2021 “We wish a speedy and healthy recovery for those who tested positive at the Saints. “Under the rules of Premiership Rugby, a tribunal will now be assembled to decide the distribution of points, but the Tigers can expect to earn four points realistically and the Saints two, with a confirmed 0-0 result. It is the fifth Premiership game to be called off I “We were confident that we had more than enough of our squad still healthy and available to play if needed,” he said. But though this is a bitter pill to swallow, for both the Saints and Tigers, the health and welfare of the players, staff and families of both is clearly paramount. “pic.twitter.com/Sa2hpbEyO6- Northampton Saints (@SaintsRugby) January 6, 2021Last weekend, Northampton’s away game against London Irish was cancelled due to positive tests in the Irish camp. In a statement, Saints said: “In this week’s away game against London Irish. “The affected players have already begun a 10-day isolation in accordance with Public Health England guidelines. “Chris Boyd, Saints rugby director, stressed the disappointment of the club that another game was cancelled. Boyd said, “We are incredibly disappointed and frustrated that we are unable to play such an important game for the club. “It’s a huge blow that two games have been cancelled. “The club has strictly followed the protocols laid out for us and despite some positive tests this week, we were confident that more than enough players from our squad were healthy and available to play the game if needed. However, we are following the advice we were given not to play the game and to close our training facility until next week. “While this is a bitter pill to take, the health is a healthy one. “Chiefs TV – We speak to @ExeterChiefs DoR Rob Baxter ahead of the @PremRugby match on Saturday afternoon against @BristolBears pic.twitter. com/fYfvOEyJEV- Exeter Chiefs (@ExeterChiefs) January 6, 2021Exeter also revealed “some” positive Covid 19 tests in camp, but it is still planned to go ahead with their weekend encounter with Bristol. Rugby Chiefs Director Rob Baxter said there was “a small impact on the camp. “Baxter added: “If we have anything to do with Covid at the camp, we still try to arrange a second round of tests, so we’re going to do that either (Thursday) or Friday.”