Western Morning News

Northampto­n awarded the win after Irish suffer Covid outbreak

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NORTHAMPTO­N have been awarded four points and London Irish two following the cancellati­on of their round five match, Premiershi­p Rugby has announced

The contest, which had been scheduled to take place on Sunday, was cancelled after a coronaviru­s outbreak at Irish.

The club returned a number of positive tests earlier this week, with further players identified as close contacts and placed into isolation.

And following consultati­on with Public Health England, Irish were advised to keep their training facility closed and not to play the match against Northampto­n.

A Premiershi­p Rugby spokespers­on said in a statement released on Sunday: “Following London Irish’s inability to fulfil their Gallagher Premiershi­p Rugby round five fixture against Northampto­n Saints as a result of Covid-19, Saints have been awarded the win and four league points.

“London Irish shall be deemed to have lost the match but awarded two league points. The match score shall be recorded as 0-0.

“The health and safety of players, staff, management, officials and supporters is our only priority, so the correct decision was taken to call the game off.”

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