Wasps announced on Wednesday that seven members of their playing staff had tested positive for Covid-19.

Four were players and three were members of staff. Players were given Monday off following the Premiership semi-final victory over Bristol Bears and returned to their Broadstreet RFC training ground base on Tuesday, when they were tested for Covid-19.

The following day (Wednesday) the results were revealed. The club immediately suspended training for the rest of the week.

CoventryLive understands, and it has been reported elsewhere, that the positive tests do not include senior squad players and track-and-trace analysis is being carried out to ascertain whether those players affected came into close contact with other members of the squad.

Wasps have a Premiership final against Exeter Chiefs to prepare for on Saturday, October 24, but the group will not reconvene until an extra round of testing is undertaken.

The next testing session is scheduled for Tuesday next week but Wasps are understood to be seeking an extra round over the weekend to ascertain if the outbreak has been contained before the group reconvenes next week ahead of the Twickenham final.

Official line

Wasps issued this statement on Wednesday: “Wasps can confirm that seven members of the playing department, three staff members and four players, have returned positive tests for COVID-19.

“The club’s medical team were informed of the test results following the latest round of the PCR COVID-19 screening programme.

“All seven, who are in good health overall, are now self-isolating and so are their close contacts. They will continue to follow Public Health England and Premiership Rugby guidelines and protocols. The club have taken the decision to cancel training for the remainder of this week as an added precautionary measure.

“Everyone at Wasps send their best wishes to the players and staff concerned.

“The club’s COVID-19 contact tracing, measures and protocols, which remain rigorous, will continue to be adhered to.”

‘Looking after themselves’

Wasps’ opponents last weekend, Bristol Bears, confirmed they had recorded no positive cases so will travel to face Toulon on Friday night in the European Challenge Cup final as scheduled.

Likewise with Exeter Chiefs, who tackle Racing 92 in Saturday’s Heineken Champions Cup final.

Wasps head coach Lee Blackett, who has guided the club to 12 wins in 13 games, was asked about the impact of Covid-19 in Tuesday’s media session before the news of the outbreak within the camp.

He said: “I think the whole thing is about keeping awareness with everyone, you’ve always got those experiences haven’t you especially the way everything is at the moment, so that was one of our big messages post-game at the weekend actually delivered by the players to themselves, they spoke about looking after themselves.

“Obviously everything unfortunately with Sale and I do feel for them, everything going on there has just woken everyone up to what’s going on in the world and you’ve got to be really careful, but we all accept we all accept everyone can get it, you can pick it up at the supermarket but I think you’ve got to do everything possible to protect yourselves as a club.”

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