The pandemic is wreaking havoc with the Premiership’s grandstand finish after Sale’s final-round match against Worcester at the AJ Bell Stadium on Sunday was postponed until Wednesday with the Warriors citing health and safety concerns caused by the Sharks recording 16 positive Covid-19 tests.
However, the rescheduled match will only go ahead if Public Health England is satisfied after another round of tests at the club on Tuesday and that an investigation into the source of the outbreak finds Sale did not breach protocols.
Northampton’s match at Gloucester has been cancelled after a number of the Saints squad was forced to isolate having come into contact with infected Sale players during Tuesday’s match at Franklin’s Gardens.
That left Saints with only two front-rowers and a ban on making loan signings. Even though Premiership Rugby said Northampton were not at fault, Gloucester have been awarded five points, meaning both clubs have