Sale insist game against Worcester will go ahead despite 16 positive Covid cases

  • Sale asking players to come out of retirement on Sunday
  • Premiership Rugby conducting ‘urgent review’

The Premiership’s grandstand finish has been plunged into chaos after 16 Sale players tested positive for Covid‑19. Despite the outbreak the Sharks have claimed that Sunday’s crucial match against Worcester will still go ahead as planned – only for their opponents to respond by insisting the fixture remains in the balance.

Premiership Rugby has also refused to confirm whether the match will take place but confirmed on Saturday it is conducting an “urgent review”. Darren Childs, chief executive of Premiership Rugby said: “More than 900 PCR COVID-19 screening tests were carried out on Thursday. On Friday we received the results, which was followed by a comprehensive Contact Tracing programme at our clubs, created by those positive tests.

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