London Irish’s upcoming Gallagher Premiership game against Northampton Saints becomes the latest fixture to be cancelled due to Covid-19 outbreak.
The decision follows after the Exiles reported a ‘number of positive cases’ in the latest round of testing and as a result the squad members are placed in self isolation.
A Premiership Rugby spokesperson said: “Our priority is the health and safety of those who have tested positive and we will be giving London Irish all the support they need.
“We wish those who have tested positive a speedy and safe recovery.
“Neither Premiership Rugby nor the club will be naming any of the players or staff involved and we’d ask everyone to respect their privacy.”
This is the second game in the fifth round to be called-off after Harlequins reported a positive case with further six players in isolation leading to their fixture against Worcester Warriors cancelled.
Meanwhile, Premiership Rugby has revealed that 33 positive cases were found across 10 clubs out of which 24 were players and nine were staff members.