arlequins have confirmed that their match with Worcester Warriors on New Year’s Day has been cancelled as they have seven players in self-isolation due to Covid-19.
The club have also taken the step of cancelling training for a week to contain any further spread of the virus.
Following their Boxing Day game with Bristol Bears, Harlequins returned one positive test from this week’s round of Covid-19 testing.
Following on from that, Quins say they conducted “a forensic contact tracing process of the club’s game last weekend and training so far this week”.
That has ruled a further six players out of selection, meaning Harlequins would be unable to field a full front row for their match with Worcester.
In according with Government guidelines, the player who tested positive – plus the six in close contact – will now go into a ten-day isolation period.
Under the Premiership Rugby regulations, the match between Harlequins and Worcester Warriors will be cancelled.
A Premiership Rugby panel will now be convened to determine the allocation of points and a further announcement will be made in due course.
A Premiership Rugby spokesperson said: “We would never cancel a match lightly, as we understand the consequences but we will always put health and safety first.
“Neither Premiership Rugby nor the club will be naming any of the players or staff involved and we’d ask everyone to respect their privacy.”