Racing 92 players test positive for Covid-19 two weeks before Champions Cup final
Parisian side beat Saracens in last weekend’s semi-finals and meet Exeter
A number of Racing 92 players have tested positive for Covid-19. Photograph: Franck Fife/Getty/AFP
Several players at European Champions Cup finalists Racing 92 have tested positive for Covid-19 with the final in Bristol against Exeter just over two weeks away. The French club made the announcement via their Twitter account on Thursday morning.
Their statement read: “Tests carried out on the entire professional group on Wednesday morning revealed several positive cases. We are now awaiting the recommendations of the Ligue National Rugby, which we will apply with all the necessary rigour.”
Racing 92, who have former Ireland internationals Simon Zebo and Donnacha Ryan on their books, defeated Saracens in their semi-final clash last weekend which will raise concerns among their defeated opponents.
French club Stade Français had to cancel their pre-season match against Toulon in August after it was revealed that an undisclosed number of players had tested positive for Covid-19.
A spokesman reported at the time: “In light of the compulsory medical examinations for all players who have been diagnosed positive with the RT-PCR test for Covid-19, it appears that some of them are carriers of lung lesions due to the virus.” - Guardian