Castres encounters positive Covid-19 tests on Munster clash day but Champions Cup fixtures will still be played

CASTRES was hit with several positive Covid-19 cases on the day they were set to face Munster.

However, the match in the Champions League final is still scheduled to take place tonight.

Castres has reported six positive Covid cases


Castres has reported six positive Covid cases

The French side reported six positive tests in the squad from Wednesday’s test.

All players who tested positive were declared asymptomatic.

A statement from the club said: “Tests carried out on Wednesday morning across the entire squad revealed six positive cases among the players.

“All were asymptomatic and were immediately isolated. We wish them a good recovery.

“The research team, announced yesterday at 1 pm (France time) according to the protocol of the EPCR, was therefore formed according to these cases.

“The organization of the Munster rugby match is not affected, and will go ahead as planned this evening.”

The match will go ahead as planned with the match kicking off at 8pm at the Stade Pierre Fabre.

Munster scored a 19-13 win over the French side when they met before Christmas at Thomond Park.

Johann Van Graan’s side are currently second in Group B and a win would give them a huge boost in securing a home draw in the knockout stages.

Munster: Mike Haley; Andrew Conway, Chris Farrell, Rory Scannell, Keith Earls; Jack Crowley, Conor Murray; Dave Kilcoyne, Niall Scannell, Stephen Archer; Fineen Wycherley, Tadhg Beirne; Peter O’Mahony (captain), Jack O’Donoghue, Gavin Coombes.

To replace: Diarmuid Barron, Jeremy Loughman, John Ryan, Jean Kleyn, John Hodnett, Craig Casey, Jake Flannery, Shane Daly.

Casters: Thomas Larregain; Antoine Zeghdar, Thomas Combezou, Pierre Aguillon, Filipo Nakosi; Ben Botica, Santiago Arata Perrone; Antoine Tichit, Brice Humbert, Antoine Guillamon; Loic Jacquet (captain), Jack Whetton; Mateaki Kafatolu, Simon Meka, Baptiste Delaporte.

To replace: Pierre Colonna, Julius Nostadt, Matthew Tierney, Ryno Pieterse, Hugo Hermet, Rory Kockott, Louis Le Brun, Bastien Guillemin. Castres encounters positive Covid-19 tests on Munster clash day but Champions Cup fixtures will still be played

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