The latest round of the Premiership testing conducted early in the week saw 12 positive cases.
The list included six players and six staff with a total of 1031 tests conducted. The 12 cases came from eight different clubs but despite the setback Premiership Rugby has confirmed that all the weekend's game will proceed as per the schedule with the affected players isolated according to the guidelines.
"Premiership Rugby can today confirm that on Thursday 10 September, 1,031 players and club staff from Premiership clubs were tested as part of the PCR COVID-19 screening programme," read a statement from Premiership Rugby.
"Of those six players - from five different clubs - tested positive and six members of staff. The 12 were from eight different clubs.
"Those who tested positive and their close contacts are isolated and assessed in line with the PHE-agreed guidelines. The staging of this weekend's matches is not affected and all six games go ahead.
"Premiership Rugby and the RFU are providing this aggregated information for competition integrity and transparency. No specific details as to clubs or individuals will be provided under any circumstances.
"The number of positive results will be made public after each round of testing."
Widely regarded as the most competitive rugby union league in the world...it can only be the Gallagher Premiership.
12 teams compete in the league over a season, playing every team both home and away, before four move into the playoffs and one is relegated.
The division is becoming more and more exciting as each year passes by so who will be lifting silverware at Twickenham in May?
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