Today we share the disappointing news that our Boxing Day, Gallagher Premiership Rugby match against London Irish has been cancelled.
London Irish returned a small number of positive tests in this week's round of PCR testing, but had further players who presented with symptoms yesterday.
Due to the impact of this and in accordance with Premiership Rugby and Public Health England, London Irish are unable to safely fulfil a Premiership standard matchday-23 and the game cannot therefore go ahead.
Bath Rugby can confirm that in line with all 2020-21 league regulations the Club is able to safely field a matchday-23 this week. A Premiership Rugby panel will now be convened to determine the allocation of points and a further announcement will be made in due course.
Commenting on the news, Stuart Hooper said: “We stand by all Premiership Clubs today and while we are disappointed with this news, the health and safety of everyone in our sport must be our top priority. I know this news will be hard felt by our supporters who were due to attend but I know you’ll understand and join me in wishing all those affected this week a full and safe recovery.”
This news follows Leicester Tigers game against Newcastle Falcons being cancelled yesterday.