Saturday’s East Midlands derby between Northampton and Leicester has been cancelled attributable to “a number of positive” coronavirus checks within the Saints camp.
In addition to the confirmed instances, “further players” are additionally having to isolate as shut contacts.
Saints – whose final Premiership fixture at London Irish was additionally referred to as off – won’t practice once more till Monday.
The recreation won’t be rescheduled, with a Premiership Rugby panel deciding the allocation of factors “in due course”.
“We are incredibly disappointed and frustrated that we are unable to proceed with such an important fixture for the club,” stated Northampton director of rugby Chris Boyd.
Five Premiership video games have now been cancelled this season attributable to Covid-19 outbreaks and there have additionally been extra optimistic checks at champions Exeter this week, although they nonetheless anticipate their match in opposition to Bristol to go forward on Saturday.
In the earlier 4 situations, the workforce affected by the virus have been awarded two factors and a defeat by a Premiership panel, with their opponents given 4 factors and a win.
Premiership Rugby have confirmed they are going to be publishing further Covid-19 protocols for the league round matchdays and coaching.
A spokesperson stated they are going to make the Premiership “even more Covid safe” and particulars can be launched within the subsequent 24 hours.
Meanwhile, the gamers concerned at Northampton have begun a 10-day isolation interval.
“The club has been absolutely rigorous in how we have followed the protocols laid out for us, and despite returning a number of positive tests this week, we were confident that we have more than enough of our squad still healthy and available to play the game if required,” stated Boyd.
“However, we are following the advice we have been given, which was not to play the game and to close our training facility until next week.”