Ulster Rugby have announced that they are assisting a group of Academy players after a number of COVID-19 cases were identified within the Academy squad.
A statement explained that as soon as the cases were identified, all training of both the Academy and Senior squads was stopped and they sought to identify any potential close contacts, while all individuals potentially exposed to the virus have already commenced self-isolating.
The Public Health Authority (PHA) has been contacted, and the contact tracing process has started, in line with public health advice.
Ulster Rugby Medical Director, Michael Webb, said: “Following confirmation of multiple Academy players testing positive for COVID-19, we are closely following public health advice in line with the IRFU’s Return to Play protocols.
“As a result, we have taken a number of precautionary measures as we await the results of further testing. We are supporting the individuals involved and all will continue to be medically monitored.
“Our top priority is to ensure the health and safety of our players and staff, and we will continue to work closely with both the IRFU and PHA as we look to make a safe and measured return to rugby.”
One senior squad member has been identified as a potential contact and is already self-isolating.
Routine PCR testing, part of the IRFU’s Return to Play protocols, took place with the Senior squad today, with results due to be released tomorrow in line with existing processes in place from previous testing rounds.