Twickenham has become the latest major sports stadium to be given a role in the fight against the coronavirus.
The headquarters of English rugby union will play host to a drive-through coronavirus testing facility that is part of the British government’s nationwide effort to increase testing for thousands more National Health Service staff and other key workers.
It will operate on an appointment-only basis for those specific groups of workers, with the facility running as a pilot scheme for its first few days of operation.
The RFU was “pleased to be able to support the COVID-19 drive-through testing programme”, said chief executive Bill Sweeney.
“We receive tremendous support from frontline services during match days at Twickenham and we are grateful for the opportunity to be able to support key workers during this severe national crisis with the use of our site and staff to support operationally,” he added.
So far, 32 testing sites have been opened across the country, with the aim of providing additional swab tests which can identify if someone has the virus.
Six Nations captains ranked by how much fun they’d be on a night out
What does the Six Nations and British Pubs have in common?
Well, sadly, they’re both shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic and it remains to be seen when either live rugby or enjoying a pint with your mates will be back on the table.
Inspired by an article from Give Me Sport, we rank them from 6-1.
6. Johnny Sexton (Ireland)
This is why pubs have coffee machines now. Strap yourselves in for some quiet chats around a cappuccino that you just have to imagine real hard is an Irish coffee. Persuade Johnny to the club and he’ll tell the DJ to ‘turn the music down’, before dialling a noise complaint to the police.