Four members of the Catalans camp have tested positive for Covid-19, with three of the confirmations coming shortly before the French side were due to fly
Four positive Covid-19 tests among Catalan Dragons staff have led to the postponement of the French side’s trip to face Warrington Wolves this evening.
The two sides were supposed to meet for a Betfred Super League clash on Thursday at the Halliwell Jones Stadium, but that handful of positive tests in the last 24 hours has seen the game called off.
It is the 21st Super League game which has been postponed this year because of the virus.
Four of those have involved Catalans, though this is the first time it has been because of positive tests in their camp.
The Perpignan-based outfit must now wait for further instructions from the RFL’s Multiple Cases Group, while the fixture will be rearranged in due course.
It has already been decided that the Super League table will this season be decided by a points percentage system rather than the traditional method, to allow for a potential scenario when not all fixtures are fulfilled.
In order to qualify for the playoffs at the end of the season, clubs must have played at least 70% of their matches.
Catalans have already done that, though the Wolves still need to finish two more games in order to make sure they are over the threshold.
Leeds Rhinos vs Huddersfield Giants, the other game scheduled to take place this evening, is still set to go ahead.
That meeting is set to be an emotional one, with Rhinos legend Rob Burrow set to make an appearance as the guest of honour.
The 38-year-old won eight Super League rings and spent his entire playing career with Leeds, but was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease (MND) two years after his retirement in 2017.
His new autobiography Too Many Reasons to Live was published on Thursday.
He is now confined to a wheelchair and is only able to communicate with others via software which reads his eye movements.