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Leinster and Montpellier players test positive for Covid ahead of clash

BY Grant Constable  ·  Tuesday Dec 14, 2021

Leinster say that “an additional number of senior players” have tested positive for Covid-19 ahead of Friday’s scheduled Heineken Champions Cup game against Montpellier in France.

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It comes after Leinster postponed training on Monday prior to their latest PCR testing results.

The Irish province said last week that three senior players and one member of staff had tested positive for Covid-19.

And in the latest update, the Irish province said on its official website: “Leinster Rugby returned to training today at UCD following yesterday’s postponement and a full round of antigen and PCR tests which were carried out on site.

“Leinster Rugby can confirm that the club is assisting an additional number of senior players who have tested positive for Covid-19 and are now self-isolating.

“The latest cases follow the antigen and PCR testing which were carried out at Leinster Rugby on all players, coaches and staff.

“The HSE has been informed in accordance with public health guidelines, as has EPCR (European Professional Club Rugby).

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“The remaining members of the Leinster Rugby squad will train today in UCD and will continue to test daily and take all necessary precautions ahead of Friday’s Heineken Champions Cup game against Montpellier in France.”

Montpellier, meanwhile, reported a fifth positive Covid-19 test ahead of Leinster’s visit.

“Following the series of tests carried out on Monday, December 13, Montpellier Herault Rugby formalises a new positive case for Covid-19 within the group,” read a statement posted on Montpellier’s official website.

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“This is the fifth case of contamination detected over a period of seven days in the Herault workforce, which considerably impacts the preparation for the match against Leinster Rugby scheduled for Friday, December 17.

“In view of the latest results, the people concerned have been isolated and the team is now carrying out training in separate groups before being tested again this Wednesday, December 15.

“The club remains mobilised by continuing to apply a strict and rigorous health policy in order to preserve the health of its players and staff.”

Montpellier opened their European Cup campaign with a 42-6 defeat against Exeter last weekend, while Leinster defeated Bath 45-20 in Dublin.

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