07 Oct Coronavirus: Sale Sharks forced to forfeit crucial Premiership Rugby match after more players test positive | UK News
Premiership Rugby club Sale Sharks have been forced to forfeit their crucial upcoming match against Worcester Warriors after a further six players tested positive for COVID-19.
The Cheshire outfit had said earlier this week that they would forfeit the clash on Wednesday night if there were more confirmed coronavirus cases, having already reported more than a dozen last week.
More tests on Tuesday showed a further eight COVID-19 cases at the club, including two staff.
Last week, 16 players and three members of staff at Sale tested positive prior to their final league game of the season, originally scheduled for Sunday.
It means Worcester are awarded a 20-0 win and Sale miss out on the play-offs, with the final spot handed to Bath.
“This is devastating, the players and staff with COVID-19 denying the club the chance to challenge for the Premiership title at the final hurdle,” Sale said in a statement.
“Sale Sharks and all involved with the club are determined to come back stronger than ever in time for next season.”