The Gloucester Rugby derby against Bath Rugby on Saturday afternoon was called off following a Covid-19 outbreak in the Gloucester camp.
A statement from Gloucester Rugby said: “Premiership Rugby has confirmed that Gloucester Rugby’s Gallagher Premiership Rugby match against Bath Rugby Rugby this weekend has been called off.
“Following a report of Covid-19 symptoms on Sunday morning, Gloucester Rugby made the decision to stop all team training after a Covid-19 outbreak was identified within the group. isolate until further testing can be arranged.
“In consultation with Public Health England, a series of drive-thru PCR tests were conducted which returned a number of positive Covid-19 tests including members of our playgroup and staff. The club is working closely working with Public Health England and Premiership Rugby and continuing to act on the advice offered.
“As a precautionary measure, and in the interest of the well-being of our staff, the Club has also taken the decision to close Kingsholm Stadium.
“Considering the health of our players, staff and fans, Public Health England and Premiership Rugby have confirmed that it would not be safe to continue our game this weekend.
“Under Premiership Rugby rules, the match between Gloucester Rugby and Bath Rugby will therefore be canceled and a Premiership Rugby panel will be convened to determine the allocation of points.”
The statement added: “Health, well-being and safety are paramount, and all players and staff are monitored by Gloucester Rugby medical staff, in addition to providing support to their families as needed.
“In the interests of privacy, Gloucester Rugby will not disclose the names of those affected.
“We wish all of our players and staff affected by this epidemic a speedy recovery. “