Leinster and Munster have both produced zero positive results for Covid-19 following the latest round of PCR testing. The IRFU confirmed that a total of 153 players and staff were tested across the two provinces, with all tests coming back clear.

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The results mean staff and players at both provinces have been cleared to enter the next phase of their return to rugby, which includes a graduated return to contact training.

Leinster and Munster are both set to return to competitive action with an eagerly-anticipated Guinness Pro14 derby at the Aviva Stadium on August 22.

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A weekend of interprovincial derbies will continue when Connacht take on Ulster at the same venue the following day.

A week later all four teams will be back at the stadium as Ulster play Leinster and Munster play Connacht.

The IRFU said: “To date there have been 560 tests conducted across the professional player and staff group and zero positive tests reported.”

IRFU Medical Director Rod McLoughlin added: “The second round of PCR testing is now complete ahead of the graduated return to contact.

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“The players and staff will continue to undergo daily medical screening and assessment.

“The next phase of testing will take place ahead of the Guinness PRO14 fixtures in August.”

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