Challenge Cup: Toulon’s game against Newcastle Falcons cancelled

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This weekend’s Challenge Cup clash between Toulon and Newcastle has been cancelled due to positive Covid-19 tests at the Falcons.

Following the Premiership side’s trip to Biarritz on January 14, the Falcons have recorded nine positive Covid-19 tests ahead of Stade Felix Mayol game.

As a result, Public Health England, who also sought external advice on the matter, have advised the club not to head to France for the match on Saturday.

Bitterly disappointing

Newcastle Falcons director of rugby Dean Richards said: “It is bitterly disappointing news because we had been looking forward to this important fixture between the two unbeaten teams in our group.

“We understand it will be frustrating for those supporters who were planning to travel out to France, or who had already done so, as well as those looking forward to watching on TV.

“We have taken on board all the relevant advice from Public Health England, and unfortunately it just wasn’t possible for us to fly out to France and play the game in a safe manner.”

A Match Result Resolution Committee will be convened as soon as practicable to determine the outcome of the match.

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