Premiership Rugby Cup final postponed due to coronavirus

LONDON (AFP) – The Premiership Rugby Cup final between Sale and Harlequins today has been postponed due to an individual developing symptoms consistent with the new coronavirus.

The Harlequins staff member has since gone into self-isolation, but the match, which was set to be played at Salford’s AJ Bell Stadium, has become the latest sporting event in Britain to be axed because of the deadly pandemic.

In a statement, Premiership Rugby said, “Unfortunately, Sunday’s Premiership Rugby Cup Final has been postponed following an individual on staff developing symptoms consistent with Coronavirus (Covid-19).

The individual is now safely in isolation. “We’re incredibly sorry to all the people who will be disappointed, however the welfare of fans, players and staff remains our first concern, and so we must postpone the game for now.”

Harlequins confirmed in a statement that it was one of their staff that has the illness.

“Following on from the postponement of the Premiership Rugby Cup final, Harlequins can confirm that a member of the club’s support staff has shown flu-like symptoms,” the club said.

“As a precaution they have placed themselves in self isolation, following government-advised best practice and for the welfare of others.”

Premier League football was postponed until April 3 on Friday, with the second, third and fourth tiers following suit.