Fixture between Barbarians and Samoa cancelled due to Covid-19

The game was scheduled to be played on Saturday
The game was scheduled to be played on Saturday

The clash between Barbarians and Samoa to be played at Twickenham Stadium on Saturday has been called-off due to concerns over the Covid-19.

According to a statement released by the Rugby Football Union, four players and two staff members were tested positive for the coronavirus forcing the squad to go under isolation.

"Due to six confirmed Covid-19 cases in the Barbarians men’s team (four players and two members of staff), the Professional Game Testing Oversight Group has advised that the fixture scheduled to be played against Samoa at 2.30 pm today is unable to proceed.

“We appreciate that this is an extremely disappointing situation for the many fans due to attend, but the safety of all members of both teams is our priority.

“Following consultation with the Barbarians Committee and South Africa, the fixture between Barbarians Women and Springbok Women’s XV will now move to the 2.30pm KO and all tickets purchased are valid for this match. The match will be broadcast live on BBC 1 with coverage starting at 2pm.

“A full automatic refund will be made to all ticket holders, however fans are encouraged to attend the Barbarians Women and Springbok Women’s XV.”

Earlier, former Ireland international Rob Kearney, who was part of the Barbarians side revealed that he would quit professional rugby following the Saturday's clash. The squad also featured Duane Vermeulen, Malcolm Marx, Steven Kitshoff, James O'Connor, Nic White and Ryan Wilson and was coached by Dave Rennie.