Bristol Bears kept on standby for Wasps for Premiership final

Bristol Bears were the winners of European Challenge Cup
Bristol Bears were the winners of European Challenge Cup

Bristol Bears have been kept as a standby for Wasps for the Premiership final to be played next weekend at Twickenham Stadium if the Ricoh Arena based club fail to contain the outbreak of Covid-19.

Four players and three staff members were reported positive for coronavirus in Wasps camp earlier in the week and are currently on a self isolation as per the prescribed guidelines after suspending their training.

The players and staff will undergo further testing on Saturday with results due on Monday before being tested again on Tuesday with the result to be announced on Wednesday.

If Wasps fail to clear the Covid-19 tests, then Bristol, who were defeated by them in the semi-final will be facing Exeter Chiefs in the final on 24th October.

Bristol Bears were defeated 47-24 in the semi-final but had a better losing margin as compared to Bath Rugby, who were trounced 35-6 by Rob Baxter's men in their knock-out game.

As England are set to face Barbarians on 25th and Italy on 31st October respectively, postponing the final would not be an option for Premiership Rugby according to reports.

Recently, Bristol Bears went on to clinch the European Challenge Cup for the first time after beating Toulon 32-19 in the final.