Newcastle’s home Gallagher Premiership match against Leicester on Saturday has been cancelled because of an outbreak of coronavirus at the Tigers. Although only a small number of positives have been returned following Monday’s round of testing, the need for a large section of Leicester’s squad to self-isolate because of contact tracing means the game can not go ahead.

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A Premiership Rugby statement read: “The Tigers returned a small number of positives tests in this week’s round of PCR testing but a large number of the squad have been ruled out of the match due to contact tracing, meaning the match cannot go ahead.”

A Premiership Rugby spokesperson added: “Our priority is the health and safety of everyone involved with Leicester Tigers and Newcastle Falcons and we will give the clubs any support they need.

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“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.”

A Premiership Rugby panel will now be convened to determine the allocation of points and a further announcement will be made in due course.

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