French rugby season opener postponed after Stade Francais Covid-19 cases

This weekend’s opening match of French rugby’s High 14 season that includes Stade Francais in opposition to Bordeaux-Begles has been postponed as a consequence of coronavirus, the league introduced on Monday.

Paris-based hosts Stade Francais recorded a reported 25 optimistic circumstances of the virus final month and had requested the league (LNR) to delay the fixture as a consequence of a scarcity of wholesome front-rowers.

“Gamers’ well being is absolutely the precedence for the skilled rugby our bodies” the LNR mentioned.

“Stade Francais had been unable to call the required variety of front-row gamers for this weekend in situations to ensure the protection of gamers,” it added.

In August, the Parisians, who had the competitors’s greatest monetary price range final time period because of billionaire proprietor Hans-Peter Wild, mentioned that they had circumstances of Covid-19 upon their return from a camp in Good.

Later final month, the Stade Jean-Bouin aspect mentioned some squad members had suffered lung injury after contracting the virus.

“It is a completely affordable determination in view of the well being of a variety of our gamers,” normal supervisor Thomas Lombard advised the outfit’s web site.

“These gamers needed to relaxation for greater than three weeks, which contemplating the closeness to the match in opposition to Bordeaux-Begles, made their participation hypothetical and principally dangerous,” he added.

The league mentioned they may examine the membership’s administration of their pre-season.

The fixture is about to be performed on the weekend of 26-27 September, which has been reserved for the European Problem Cup semi-finals, if the guests lose their last-eight tie with Edinburgh per week earlier.

On Monday the LNR introduced its Covid-19 protocols which embrace testing three days earlier than every match and if two or extra circumstances are recorded at one outfit then their subsequent recreation will likely be postponed.

“If after a month we see that the postponements are piling up and there is lots of video games, then we’ll take a potential extra restrictive determination then,” LNR president Paul Goze advised AFP.

Pau’s journey to Handre Pollard’s Montpellier will now be the one recreation scheduled within the High 14 on Friday.

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