Bath Rugby forced to forfeit first game of 2022 due to Covid

Winless Bath Rugby have been forced to concede their first game of 2022 due to Covid in their camp.

Premiership Rugby have confirmed their Round 12 match against London Irish that was scheduled for Monday, January, 3, has been called off.

Following on from the cancellation of their Premiership Rugby Cup game against Exeter Chiefs earlier this week, Bath Rugby returned further positive Covid-19 tests and a significant number of their playing squad were ruled out of the match.

This meant Bath Rugby were unable to safely fulfil the fixture at the Brentford Community Stadium.

A Premiership Rugby spokesperson said: “Our priority is the health and safety of everyone involved with Bath Rugby and London Irish so the decision has been made to cancel the match. We will give the clubs any support they need, and wish everyone affected a full and speedy recovery.

“Neither Premiership Rugby nor the club will be naming any of the players or staff involved and we’d ask everyone to respect their privacy.”

Under the Premiership Rugby regulations, the match between London Irish and Bath Rugby will be cancelled.

A Premiership Rugby panel will now be convened to determine the allocation of points and a further announcement will be made in due course.

In the latest round of Covid testing across the Gallagher Premiership between Friday, 24 December to Thursday, 30 December, that saw 4,446 lateral flow and PCR tests taken by players, coaches and staff, 55 people tested positive from 11 of the league’s 13 clubs.

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