PREMIERSHIP STATEMENT | One game postponed, one game cancelled

Premiership Rugby have confirmed that tomorrow’s Gallagher Premiership Rugby match between Gloucester Rugby and Northampton Saints has been cancelled.

Northampton Saints informed Premiership Rugby on Friday that they had insufficient front row players to start the match. The situation was created as a result of a large number of positive COVID-19 tests at Sale Sharks, following the Gallagher Premiership Rugby match between the two sides last Tuesday evening.

Following the completion of the Track and Trace Audit, a number of the Northampton Saints playing squad are now self-isolating, in accordance with Public Health England guidance.

Premiership Regulations states that “In the interests of safety each team playing in the Premiership must have at least six (6) fit and able Players in the squad who can play at hooker, tight head prop and loosehead prop who are suitably trained and experienced to ensure that on the first occasion that a replacement in any front row position is required (whether due to injury or consequent to a Player(s) being temporarily suspended or ordered off) the team can continue to play safely with contested scrums.”

Darren Childs, Chief Executive at Premiership Rugby said: “When we embarked on Rugby Restart back in August we said from the outset that the health and safety of everyone involved with Premiership Rugby was our priority.

“We completed eight of the nine rounds of Gallagher Premiership Rugby without losing a match so it is with great regret that we make this announcement today.

“We understand and fully sympathise with Northampton Saints’ position. They are in this position due to no fault of their own, but unfortunately they cannot fulfil the fixture.”

In accordance with Premiership Rugby regulations the match has been awarded as a 20-0 victory to Gloucester Rugby, with Gloucester Rugby been awarded five league points and Northampton Saints zero.


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The Premiership’s three highest earning players in every position

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Back-three:

  1. Charles Piutau (Bristol Bears) – £1m
  2. Stuart Hogg (Exeter Chiefs) – £550k
  3. Mike Brown (Harlequins) – £300k
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Centre:

  1. Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs) – £450k
  2. Manu Tuilagi (Sale Sharks) -£350k
  3. Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby) – £325k
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Fly-half:

  1. Owen Farrell (Saracens) – £750k
  2. Dan Biggar (Northampton Saints) – £600k
  3. Danny Cipriani (Gloucester) – £450k
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Scrum-half:

  1. Faf De Klerk (Sale Sharks) – £500k
  2. Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers) – £350k
  3. Danny Care (Harlequins) -£300k
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Prop:

  1. Mako Vunipola (Saracens) – £420k
  2. Kyle Sinckler (Bristol Bears) -£350k
  3. Vincent Koch (Saracens) – £300k
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Hooker:

  1. Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs) – £230k
  2. Jamie George (Saracens) – £200k
  3. Agustin Creevy (London Irish) – £180k
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Lock:

  1. Maro Itoje (Saracens) – £875k
  2. Joe Launchbury (Wasps) – £420k
  3. Jonny Gray (Exeter Chiefs) – £400k
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Back-row:

  1. Steve Luatua (Bristol Bears) – £550k
  2. Taulupe Faletau (Bath Rugby) – £425k
  3. Sean O’Brien (London Irish) – £400k
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