Covid-19 cases postpone Sale match and scrap Northampton fixture | Sport

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

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England centre Manu Tuilagi ruled out for six months by torn achilles | Sport

Manu Tuilagi’s injury curse has struck again after Sale revealed he will be sidelined for six months with a torn achilles, ruling him out of England’s forthcoming autumn campaign as well as next year’s Six Nations and dealing Eddie Jones a huge blow.

Tuilagi will undergo surgery next week and will miss Sale’s Premiership title push, England’s bid for the 2020 Six Nations title against Italy on 31 October, and their Autumn Nations Cup campaign. The 29-year-old is also due to sit out the 2021 Six Nations, meaning he will play no Test rugby before the British & Irish Lions tour of South Africa. Indeed, he is likely to only be in the early stages of his comeback when Warren Gatland names his touring squad.

Tuilagi sustained the injury in the early stages of Sale’s victory at Northampton on Tuesday – his seventh appearance for the Sharks – in an

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