Like many sports Rugby Union has been affected by the pandemic, causing players and backroom staff to take extra precautions to ensure the coronavirus does not hinder their chances of playing.
In England, the Gallagher Premiership is working closely with clubs to make sure teams can participate each weekend and keep rugby being played. With COVID-19 cases at an all time high in England there have been problems, however.
Harlequins’ clash against Worcester was cancelled after one player tested positive for COVID-19 and six others were required to isolate. This resulted in a four point win for Worcester Warriors as Harlequins forfeited the match.
This was not the only game affected as London Irish were due to play Northampton Saints, but had several players test positive and several players required to isolate.
The league have helped carry out tests throughout all 12 clubs, with almost 1000 people tested since the start of the season. There have been 76 positive tests have since the start, with 33 of them (24 players and nine members of backroom) staff receiving positive tests in the latest round .
With so many positive tests you can’t help but ask the question – Is rugby really a necessity moving forward? The argument has both positives and negatives that need to be addressed by the Premiership when moving forward.
What do you think should happen with Rugby Union in the up and coming months?