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Rugby-Two Champions Cup matches canceled due to COVID

Saturday’s Champions Cup clash between Toulouse and Cardiff has been called off due to a number of positive COVID-19 cases on the French side, European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR) announced on Friday.

Cardiff won the Pool B tie 28-0 and five match points, under competition rules. “Discussions with Stade Toulousain and the National Rugby League have taken place before the match risk assessment committee, which is made up of doctors from the EPCR medical advisory group as well as independent medical specialists,” the report said. EPCR in a press release.

“Stade Toulousain had recorded a significant number of positive COVID-19 test results within their tournament squad, and with the risk of further infection deemed too great, the decision was unfortunately taken to cancel the match.” The package could have an impact on Toulouse’s chances of reaching the knockout stages.

The French club are seventh in Pool B with seven points, tied with Cardiff in eighth and one point ahead of ninth-placed Wasps, who have one game less. The top eight teams from pool qualify for the last 16. Later on Friday, EPCR added that Union Bordeaux-Bègles would not be able to play their Champions Cup tie against Leicester Tigers after recording a “number of COVID-19 cases” in their squad.

“The Pool B match… is therefore unfortunately called off as Leicester Tigers won the match on a 28-0 basis, five match points, in accordance with tournament rules,” EPCR said. Leicester have already qualified for the round of 16, while Bordeaux-Bègles are sixth in Pool B.

Newcastle’s European Challenge Cup tie against French club Toulon has also been called off due to an outbreak of COVID-19 at the English club. “This is bitterly disappointing news as we have been looking forward to this important game between the two unbeaten teams in our group,” Newcastle director of rugby Dean Richards said.

EPCR will convene a Match Resolution Committee to determine the outcome of the match.

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