Wasps players will undergo an extra round of Covid-19 testing this weekend.

Four players and three members of staff recorded positive results for the virus following the scheduled testing day on Tuesday (October 13).

Training for the remainder of the week was immediately cancelled on Wednesday when the results were learned.

With a Premiership final to prepare for on Saturday, October 24 against Exeter Chiefs, the next round of testing is due to take place on Tuesday, October 20.

However, with the results landing 24 hours later, it could leave Wasps with just a few days to assemble a squad for the Twickenham final.

CoventryLive understands Wasps immediately sought advice about acquiring an extra round of testing that has been successful. Players will be tested on Saturday, with the results available on Sunday or Monday morning.

The squad will not reassemble until the extent of outbreak has been learned.

Mixed group

CoventryLive also understands that the four players who have tested positive were a mix of academy players and young members of the senior squad, players who were unlikely to feature in their final match of the season.

Track-and-trace analysis is being carried out to ascertain whether those players affected came into close contact with other members of the squad.



The best case scenario for Wasps is that the players concerned are the only ones to return positive tests and Wasps can prepare for the final without them.

If the testing returns more positive results, but a low number, Wasps should still be fine to field a competitive 23-man squad.

The worst case scenario would see multiple additional positive test results that would leave them unable to fulfil the fixture and they would have to forfeit.

In that case, Exeter Chiefs would be awarded the trophy, of, a losing semi-finalist could be promoted to the final.

Rigorous

Wasps revealed the news of positive tests within the camp on Wednesday. The official statement is below.

“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.”

Wasps’ opponents last weekend, Bristol Bears, confirmed they had recorded no positive cases and flew out to France as scheduled ahead of tonight’s European Challenge Cup final against Toulon.

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

Looking after themselves

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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