Premiership Rugby haved confirmed that Sale Sharks’ Gallagher Premiership Rugby match against Newcastle Falcons – scheduled for Boxing Day – has been called off.
Sale Sharks returned positive Covid-19 tests overnight and a significant number of their playing squad were ruled out of the match. After consultation, both the Professional Game Board (PGB) Testing Oversight Group and the club agree that the risk is too great for the fixture to take place safely.
A Premiership Rugby spokesperson said: “Our priority is the health and safety of everyone involved with Sale Sharks and Newcastle Falcons and we will give the clubs any support they need. We wish everyone affected a full and speedy 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.”
Under the Premiership Rugby regulations, the match between Newcastle Falcons and Sale Sharks will be cancelled. A Premiership Rugby panel will now be convened to determine the allocation of points and a further announcement will be made in due course.
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- 15. Ben Smith (New Zealand)
- 14. Bryan Habana (South Africa)
- 11. Jonah Lomu (New Zealand)
Carter on Lomu: ““He was the toughest player. I played against him once, I was 19-year-old and tried to tackle him, kinda woke up five metres back. He changed the game of rugby.”
- 13. Brian O’Driscoll (Ireland)
- 12. Ma’a Nonu (New Zealand)
Carter on O’Driscoll: “Two giants of the game that have worn the green jersey were Paul O’Connell and Brian O’Driscoll. Their work rate and how they conducted themselves on and off the pitch was exemplary.”