Leinster advances to Champions Cup quarter-finals as their draw with Toulon is canceled after French side player tested positive for Covid
- Leinster’s Champions Cup final 16 clash against Toulon has been postponed
- An unnamed player from the French side has returned a positive covid-19 test
- The Toulon team had already arrived in Dublin before the test result came in
Leinster has progressed to the Champions Cup quarter-finals after their last 16 showdown with Toulon in Dublin was canceled on Friday following a Covid-19 case with the French club.
The EPCR had only updated its coronavirus protocol last Monday, saying, “If a match cannot be played safely, it will be canceled and the club whose Covid-19 status has NOT forced the cancellation through will go ahead.”
EPCR said in a statement Friday night that the game could not be played safely given Ireland’s health guidelines and EPCR protocols.
Leinster’s Champions Cup last-16 game against Toulon has been postponed due to Covid-19
‘Toulon was unable to select a match day squad after it was believed the club had some risky close contact with one of its non-traveling players who had tested positive,’ he said.
“Because Toulon could not keep up with the match, the committee has decided that Leinster will continue to the quarter-finals of the Champions Cup.”
This latest cancellation marks the second time Toulon’s European campaign has been hit by the coronavirus, after they refused to play Scarlets in December due to virus-related concerns.
A player from the Welsh side returned a positive test the day before the game, forcing Toulon to withdraw.
Leinster now faces Exeter Chiefs of Lyon in the next round on Friday.
Toulon crashed out of the competition as part of the new rules when they were hit by the Covid case