Barbarians v Samoa called off due to Covid-19 cases

Clash at Twickenham was due to be Rob Kearney’s last match before retirement

Rob Kearney during Barbarians training this week. Phot: Steve Bardens/Getty Images for Barbarians

Rob Kearney during Barbarians training this week. Phot: Steve Bardens/Getty Images for Barbarians

 

Saturday’s scheduled clash between the Barbarians and Samoa at Twickenham has been cancelled 90 minutes before kick-off due to coronavirus cases in the invitational side.

A statement released by the Rugby Football Union revealed that four players and two members of staff had tested positive for Covid-19.

Former Ireland player Rob Kearney was due to play his last match before retirement with Glasgow and Scotland back-row Ryan Wilson set to captain a side that also featured South African World Cup winners Duane Vermeulen, Malcolm Marx and Steven Kitshoff, as well as Australia internationals James O’Connor and Nic White.

The newly vacant kick-off slot will now be taken by a clash between Barbarians Women and a Springbok Women’s XV, which had been due to start at 5.15pm.

The RFU statement read: “Due to six confirmed Covid-19 cases in the Barbarians men’s team (four players and two members of staff), the Professional Game Testing Oversight Group has advised that the fixture scheduled to be played against Samoa at 2.30 pm today is unable to proceed.

“We appreciate that this is an extremely disappointing situation for the many fans due to attend, but the safety of all members of both teams is our priority.

“Following consultation with the Barbarians Committee and South Africa, the fixture between Barbarians Women and Springbok Women’s XV will now move to the 2.30pm KO and all tickets purchased are valid for this match. The match will be broadcast live on BBC 1 with coverage starting at 2pm.

“A full automatic refund will be made to all ticket holders, however fans are encouraged to attend the Barbarians Women and Springbok Women’s XV.”

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