Premiership game between Newcastle Falcons and Worcester Warriors called-off

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

Premiership Rugby has confirmed that the 10th round clash between Newcastle Falcons and Worcester Warriors have been cancelled.

The decision follows after the Falcons squad reported positive cases for Covid-19 in the latest round of Premiership testing.

This is the second game involving Newcastle have been called off after their previous round encounter against Northampton was cancelled with the Saints awarded four points.

"The health and safety of players, management, staff and match officials is our priority, and we wish those who have tested positive at the Falcons a safe and speedy recovery.

"Newcastle Falcons had a small number of positive tests last week, and this has been followed by more this week and the halting of team training, so the match at Sixways Stadium – scheduled for this Saturday – cannot go ahead.

"Neither Premiership Rugby nor the club will be naming any of the players or staff involved, and we'd ask everyone to respect their privacy."

A Premiership Rugby panel will now be convened to determine the allocation of points though the likely decision would be four points for Worcester and two for Newcastle.

Newcastle Falcons currently are at the seventh place in the table with five victories from nine games.

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