Bristol on standby for Premiership final if Wasps have more positive Covid tests

Bristol will face Exeter in the Premiership final next weekend if Wasps record more positive tests for Covid-19 next week and are unable to prepare for the Twickenham showdown.

a group of football players on a field: Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

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Wasps sent their players home last Wednesday after four, from the club’s academy and a couple on the fringe of the first team, tested positive along with three members of staff. An extra batch of tests has been arranged for Saturday before the next official round on Tuesday.

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Before the season resumed in August, Premiership Rugby, in consultation with the Rugby Football Union and the Professional Game Board, drew up a contingency plan for every one of the remaining 11 rounds of matches should a club be unable to field a team because of coronavirus.

For the Twickenham showpiece, it meant that

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