Wasps hit by virus outbreak ahead of Premiership final

London (AFP) –


Wasps' preparations for this month's Premiership final against Exeter have been hit by an outbreak of coronavirus at the club.

Four players and three members of the backroom staff have produced positive results during the latest round of Covid-19 testing.

Wasps have cancelled training for the remainder of the week as a precautionary measure.

It is a significant setback in the build-up to their showdown with Exeter at Twickenham on October 24 after they emerged from lockdown as the Premiership's form team.

"The club's medical team were informed of the test results following the latest round of the PCR Covid-19 screening programme," a statement said.

"All seven, who are in good health overall, are now self-isolating and so are their close contacts."

It comes a week after Sale's rearranged final-round fixture against Worcester was cancelled due to an escalation of positive tests, lifting the Sharks' total to 27.

Wasps' situation is far less severe, but the potential for the outbreak to spread means they face an anxious wait until the next round of testing.