The Champions Cup Final Could Be In Big Trouble Following Latest Outbreak
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Top 14 officials have confirmed that Racing 92’s fixture with La Rochell has been postponed after “several positive cases” of COVID-19 were reported at the Parisian side.
LNR rules state that if there are three cases reported, a game is cancelled and multiple sources are reporting that Racing have at least nine cases in their squad at the moment – putting their Champions Cup final clash with Exeter Chiefs in major doubt.
Racing defeated current holder Saracens on Saturday to book their place in the final with Exeter overcoming Toulouse. The pair are set to meet in 16 days time but this latest outbreak has thrown a serious spanner into the works.
Anyone who has tested positive you would imagine will have to self-isolate for 14 days.
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No players have been identified but Racing have released the following statement:
“Tests carried out on the group on Wednesday morning have revealed several positive cases.”
No further details have been released in terms of where the cases are located be it with senior players, academy players, coaches or staff.
Fingers crossed this won’t affect the final come October 17 but it certainly has us all worried.