It is with deep disappointment that we announce the cancellation of this weekend’s Heineken Champions Cup fixture against La Rochelle.
A member of Scarlets Rugby tested positive for COVID-19 this week and as a result, a total of 12 Bath Rugby players from last weekend’s matchday-23 have been named as close contacts and are now in isolation.
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.
Stuart Hooper, Director of Rugby commented: “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.”
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.
Separately, we have two further players unavailable to play due to COVID-19 protocols along with a number of additional injured players.