EXCLUSIVE: London Irish's game at Bristol in doubt

EXCLUSIVE: London Irish suffer Covid scare on eve of final Premiership match against Bristol as Exiles’ camp suffer outbreak

  • London Irish’s final Premiership match against Bristol on Saturday is in doubt 
  • The Exiles’ have suffered a coronavirus outbreak in the camp this week 
  • The match at Ashton Gate, set for Saturday afternoon, is now under threat

London Irish have suffered a Covid scare before their final match of the Premiership season away to Bristol.

Sportsmail understands a couple of squad members were found to be positive after lateral flow tests, so now the club have arranged secondary PCR tests to double check whether they truly have the virus.

If they do when the results come through Irish may have to cancel their trip to Bristol, in the event that contact-tracing knocks out enough players so they cannot field a 23-man squad.

London Irish’s final Premiership match at Bristol is in doubt after a Covid outbreak at the Exiles

That would damage the Exiles’ hopes for Heineken Champions Cup qualification – as then they would likely take two points, with Bristol four, from this last match, as per league rules. 

They need to win to force their way into the league’s top eight. A final call on the status of the match – for which Irish have announced their team – is likely to be made on Saturday after the PCR results are known.

Gloucester’s match at Worcester set for this weekend was cancelled on Tuesday after an outbreak at Kingsholm.




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