Newcastle Falcons, Bath Rugby awarded four points for cancelled games

Newcastle Falcons director of rugby Dean Richards
Newcastle Falcons director of rugby Dean Richards

Premiership Rugby has confirmed that Newcastle Falcons and Bath Rugby have been awarded wins following their cancelled Gallagher Premiership games in the fourth round.

Bath's game against London Irish was cancelled after the Exiles squad had return a small number of positive cases while Newcastle Falcons' match was called-off after Leicester Tigers had few positive cases for Covid-19.

Premiership Rugby panel of chairman Andy Higginson, chief executive Darren Childs and rugby director Phil Winstanley made the decision in accordance to the new point system rules for cancelled games due to Covid-19.

Accordingly Newcastle and Bath were awarded four points while Leicester Tigers and London Irish were handed defeats with two points apiece.

"The health and safety of players, staff, management, officials and supporters is our only priority, so the correct decision was taken to call the game(s) off," said a Premiership statement.

The results meant Newcastle are at second place in the table after winning all their four games while Bath are at sixth place with 10 points. Meanwhile, London Irish and Leicester Tigers are at 8th and 10th places respectively after losing three out of the four matches.

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