The cancellation of Saints’ Gallagher Premiership match against Leicester on Saturday was described by Northampton manager Chris Boyd as “a bitter pill to swallow” After Northampton tested positive in the latest round of coronavirus tests, the East Midlands derby at Franklin’s Gardens was cancelled.
The training ground of the club has also been closed, Premiership Rugby said in a statement. On Saturday (Bradley Collyer/PA), Franklin’s Gardens will not host Northampton-Leicester. It is the fifth Premiership match to be called off in just over two weeks because of Covid-19. “The health and safety of players, management, staff and officials is our priority,” a spokesperson for Premiership Rugby said. “We wish those who tested positive at the Saints a speedy and safe recovery. “The Saints said the club had returned a number of positive tests and due to touch tracing, further players were unavailable. We were assured that in our squad we had more than enough players who were already fit and willing to play if necessary. “But while this is a bitter pill to swallow, the health and safety of the Saints and Tigers players, employees and families obviously takes precedence.” pic.twitter. com/Sa2hpbEyO6- Northampton Saints (@SaintsRugby) January 6, 2021 “In close consultation with Pu Pu” According to positive tests in the Irish camp, Northampton’s away match against London Irish last weekend was cancelled. Saints rugby director Boyd said, “Northampton’s away game against London Irish last weekend was cancelled due to positive tests in the Irish camp.Saints director of rugby Boyd said, ” It’s a huge blow to have to cancel two games in a row as we had hoped to regain some momentum after a significant win on Boxing Day. While this is a bitter pill to swallow, the health and welfare of all Saints and Tigers players, staff and families is obviously paramount. “It’s a huge blow to have to cancel two games in a row as we had hoped to regain some momentum after an important win on Boxing Day.While this is a bitter pill to swallow, the health and safety of the players, staff and families of everyone at Saints and Tigers is obviously paramount. ” While this is a bitter pill to take, it is clearly a top priority for the health and welfare of the players, staff and families of all involved with the Saints and Tigers. A tribunal will now be convened under Premiership Rugby rules to decide the distribution of points, so if a 0-0 result is announced, the Tigers will reasonably expect to earn four points and the Saints two points. “But experience has shown me that every time I have said I am confident where the Covid scenario is within club rugby, something comes up and the opposite happens. “He added: “If we have anything in the camp regarding Covid, we always try to organize a second round of Tests, so we’ll do that either (on Thursday) or Friday.”