Covid-19 positives in the Irish province camp mean their Round 2 game has been called off while Bristol await the nod to travel to face Stade Francais under the cloud of new restrictions in France

Last Updated: 16/12/21 7:29pm

Leinster have been told their game against Montpellier has been cancelled and awarded to their opponents 28-0

Leinster have expressed their disappointment at Friday’s Heineken Champions Cup clash with Montpellier being cancelled and a 28-0 victory handed to the French side.
Both sides have been affected by Covid-19 outbreaks over the last week, but European Professional Club Rugby has awarded Montpellier five points from a 28-0 win over the match being called off.Leinster had reported new Covid-19 cases on Monday, but said they would have a squad travelling to France who had all returned multiple negative tests and were given the go-ahead by Public Health Ireland. A club statement read: “Leinster Rugby’s team management has expressed its disappointment with EPCR over the decision to award a 28-0 win in Montpellier’s favour.”The Leinster Rugby squad and staff have had five rounds of Antigen tests and four rounds of PCR tests in the last six days and a group of players and staff, who have all come through each stage of those tests, had been selected to represent the club in France tomorrow evening and arrangements made accordingly.”As a result of these test results and the measures implemented by Leinster Rugby, a letter was issued today, Thursday, 16 December 2021, to Leinster Rugby from Public Health Ireland confirming that the group could travel to France for the game.”At all times Leinster Rugby has complied with all measures and protocols required of the club by EPCR, and by the HSE, and will continue to do so.”While we are disappointed with the outcome of today’s decision by EPCR, our focus now is the health and well-being of all our players and staff and we would like to put on record, as a clu …