Bristol’s Heineken Champions Cup against Scarlets in doubt with the region’s coaches and playing squad in quarantine in Belfast after fleeing South Africa
- The Anglo-Welsh encounter is due to kick off at 5.30pm on Saturday
- But there is speculation that the Scarlets will be unable to field a team
- Request to the postpone the game was rejected by organisers EPCR
European rugby authorities remained uncertain on Monday night about whether the opening weekend of fixtures will go ahead in full — with doubts focused on the Bristol versus Scarlets tie.
The Anglo-Welsh encounter in Pool B of the Heineken Champions Cup is due to kick off at 5.30pm on Saturday at Ashton Gate, but there is speculation that the Scarlets will be unable to field a team.
The region’s coaches and playing squad are currently in quarantine in Belfast after fleeing South Africa last week when travel restrictions were being re-introduced.
Wales centre Jonathan Davies is among the players currently in quarantine in Belfast
They will not be free to return home until Friday.
A request by the Scarlets to postpone the game, amid health and safety concerns, has been rejected by organisers EPCR, who say fixtures will go ahead unless a side opts to forfeit.
In that event, the opposition will be awarded a 28-0 win.
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