Bath Rugby have confirmed Saturday’s European Heineken Champions Cup game with La Rochelle has been cancelled.
The game has been cancelled following 12 Bath Rugby players from last weekend’s matchday-23 now isolating after being named as close contacts with players who have tested positive with Covid-19 from last weekend’s opponents Scarlets.
Bath were beaten 19-23 by the Welsh region last weekend.
A statement from Bath Rugby explained: ‘Due to the impact on selection availability of forwards, it is not possible to safely fulfil the fixture on Saturday.
‘When informed, Bath Rugby acted immediately to isolate the players concerned and has been in constant communication with Premiership Rugby, the RFU, Public Health England and EPCR.’
Bath rugby director of rugby Stuart Hooper said: “We are hugely disappointed that we are unable to play this fixture, but the health and safety of our staff, players and families – and that of La Rochelle’s rugby community must be our top priority.
“Our focus now is to continue to protect our people, and to prepare for our upcoming Gallagher Premiership fixture against London Irish on Boxing Day.”
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Champions Cup organisers EPCR will now meet to decide the result of the cancelled fixture and their decision will be communicated in due course.
This news follows the cancellation of Exeter’s round two game against Toulouse, and Glasgow Warriors fixture against Lyon being cancelled on the same grounds yesterday.
Unrelatedly, Bath Rugby received one positive COVID-19 test this week from an injured player who is not currently in training, and one further player was identified as a close contact.