Covid-hit Sale Sharks are set to forfeit their game with Worcester Warriors following further testing.
The club had promised to throw the towel in if more positive tests were discovered when the players were tested again yesterday morning.
According to a report from the Mail Online, Sale have ‘received the news they were dreading’ after they were sent the test results early this morning.
Sale, who will likely be handed a 20-0 defeat, needed to avoid defeat in order to qualify for this weekend’s play-offs, while a defeat or a forfeit would see Bath qualify for the post-season series instead.
Worcester’s hopes of qualifying for the Champions Cup were effectively ended by the decision to gift Gloucester a walkover win against Northampton, some of whose players were forced to self-isolate after playing Sale.
When are the Gallagher Premiership semi-finals? Saturday 10 October
- 1.30pm – Wasps v Bristol Bears
- 4.30pm – Exeter Chiefs v Bath
Both matches are live on BT Sport 1 with the programme starting at 1pm.
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RANKED | The 10 highest paid people in rugby union, 2020
Keep reading to see the top 10 highest-paid people in rugby union, ranked in ascending order of earnings.
9=. ANDY FARRELL £600k (Ireland)
The first of two Farrell’s on this list, Andy received a significant pay boost when he took over from Joe Schmidt following the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
9=. DAN BIGGAR £600k (Northampton Saints)
The Welsh pivot has made the most of his big-money move from Ospreys to Northampton Saints, where he has shone consistently since joining in 2018.
8. STEVE LUATUA £650k (Bristol Bears)
Didn’t make any friends within the All Blacks hierarchy when he decided to cash in on his extreme rugby talent, signing for Bristol in 2017. Has since signed a two-year contract extension. The All Blacks aren’t allowed by the New Zealand Rugby Union to pick exiles.