Cardiff Blues vs Scarlets: United Rugby Championship Boxing Day game off because of Covid-19 outbreak | Rugby Union News

The Cardiff report on the “number” of Covid-19 positives and the clash with Scarlets is the second mass game of all Welsh in the United Rugby Championship on Boxing Day to be postponed; Ospreys vs Dragons was canceled earlier this week

Last updated: 25/12/21 13:04


Blues and Scarlets will have to wait for their next fight after the Covid epidemic

The Cardiff Blues were forced to postpone their United Rugby Championship derby against the Scarlets on Boxing Day due to a Covid-19 outbreak.

The Blues reported a series of positive Covid-19 tests within their team on Christmas Day.

A tough month continues for Cardiff, which was in South Africa in late November when the coronavirus strain Omicron was first made public and wreaked havoc on the quarantine.

Their team and staff were forced to isolate themselves in South Africa and again on their return to England which means that a weakened Blues team played Heineken Champions Cup matches against Toulouse and Harlequins, both matches. they ended in heavy defeats.

Cardiff also faced the match behind closed doors after a decision on big rallies made by the Welsh government earlier this week.

A Blues statement read: “Cardiff Rugby can confirm that the United Rugby Championship Boxing Day derby against the Scarlets has been postponed.

“The derby was supposed to have taken place at Cardiff Arms Park on December 26, however some positive cases of Covid-19 have been found within the team.

“Cardiff has partnered with the URC Medical Advisory Group and Public Health Wales and it was felt that the appointment could not go as planned.

“The United Rugby Championship will now consider available dates to reschedule the match.”

Wales’ other big game of the United Rugby Championship on Boxing Day – Ospreys vs Dragons at Swansea’s Liberty Stadium – was canceled earlier this week after Ospreys revealed 18 positive cases of Covid, including which some of the Omicron variant.

This weekend’s two URC matches in Ireland – Ulster vs Connacht and Munster vs Leinster – are also over.

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