Wasps’ Premiership final place in doubt after four more positive Covid-19 tests

A decision on their participation will come after the results of further tests.

By Press Association Published: 19 October 2020 - 2.04pm

Wasps have produced four more positive tests for coronavirus to place further doubt on their participation in Saturday’s Gallagher Premiership final against Exeter.

It means the club have now returned a total of 11 positive cases in five days and as a result, training continues to be cancelled.

A decision on whether it is safe for them to take part in the climax to the season at Twickenham will be made after the final round of testing, the results of which are due on Wednesday.

If Wasps are unable to face newly-crowned European champions Exeter, then Bristol will take their place in the final on the strength of finishing third in the league.

“Following an additional round of Covid-19 testing on Saturday, Wasps can confirm that four more members of the playing department have tested positive,” a club statement read.

“Those concerned are now self-isolating, as are their close contacts. After consultation with the medical leads at Premiership Rugby, the RFU and Public Health England, the club will continue not to train at this stage.

“A decision on whether the club will play in Saturday’s Premiership Rugby Final will be made following the results of a further set of testing to be undertaken on Tuesday.

“The club’s Covid-19 contact tracing, measures and protocols, which remain rigorous, will continue to be adhered to.

“Exeter Chiefs and Bristol Bears have been made aware of the situation prior to the public release of this information.”

Pat Lam's Bristol could be promoted into the final
Pat Lam’s Bristol could be promoted into the final (Ashley Western/PA)

Even if Wasps are given the all-clear to take part in a repeat of the 2017 final, their inability to train since the start of last week causes major disruption to their preparations.

Four players and three members of backroom staff tested positive last week, but on this occasion the six-time winners have not given the breakdown of which type of personnel are affected.

It leaves the early hours of Wednesday morning as the fateful moment when they will discover whether the outbreak has escalated or receded.

Premiership Rugby will wait for those results before a decision is made on what should happen to the final.