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Gloucester Rugby cancels Bath game after Covid outbreak

Gloucester Rugby's derby clash against Bath Rugby on Saturday afternoon has been cancelled following an outbreak of Covid-19 in the Gloucester camp.

A statement from Gloucester Rugby said: "Premiership Rugby have confirmed that Gloucester Rugby's Gallagher Premiership Rugby match against Bath Rugby Rugby this weekend has been called off.

"Following a report of Covid-19 symptoms on Sunday morning, Gloucester Rugby took the decision to stop all team training after an outbreak of Covid-19 was identified within the group. From this point, all of our playing department were directed to self-isolate until further testing could be arranged.

"In consultation with Public Health England, a round of drive-through PCR testing was conducted which returned a number of positive Covid-19 tests, including members of our playing group and staff. The club is working closely with Public Health England and Premiership Rugby and continues to act upon the advice offered.

"As a precautionary measure, and in the interests of the wellbeing of our staff, the Club has also taken the decision to close Kingsholm Stadium.

"Taking into account the health of our players, staff and fans, Public Health England & Premiership Rugby have confirmed that it would not be safe to proceed with our game on the weekend.

"Under the Premiership Rugby regulations, the match between Gloucester Rugby and Bath Rugby will therefore be cancelled and a Premiership Rugby panel will be convened to determine the allocation of points."

The statement added: "Health, wellbeing and safety are paramount, and all players and staff are being monitored by the Gloucester Rugby medical staff, in addition to their families being offered support where necessary.

"In the interests of privacy, Gloucester Rugby will not be disclosing the names of those affected.

"We are wishing all of our players and staff affected by this outbreak a speedy recovery."

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