The Barbarians will face police investigation after video footage emerged of them appearing to break social distancing rules in a Mayfair pub, according to The Telegraph.
It is expected that all 13 players are to be charged by the RFU for bringing the game into disrepute
It is understood several Barbarians players went to a central London pub on Tuesday as well as an Italian restaurant on Wednesday.
The players, who will all be charged by the RFU for bringing the game into disrepute, could also face fines from the police for their behaviour.
Mail Online columnist Sir Clive Woodward also added the rebels should feel stupid and embarrassed as a result of their actions.
Bill Sweeney, RFU CEO said; “We are incredibly disappointed to be calling a halt to this fixture, we know how much fans were looking forward to seeing the teams play. However, our priority is to protect the health and safety of the England squad and the other international teams they will go up against this autumn.
“There has been a great deal of effort put into COVID codes of conduct and planning for games, including cooperation with Premiership clubs to release additional players to fulfil the fixture safely, and we are all incredibly frustrated and disappointed that the actions of a number of Barbarians players mean we no longer feel it is safe for the game to go ahead.”
The RFU investigation is ongoing and no details on individuals or numbers of players involved will be confirmed until the investigation is concluded.
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