A second Ireland vs Wales fixture in this weekend’s Guinness PRO14 has been called off, tournament officials pulling the plug on Saturday’s Connacht vs Ospreys match scheduled for Galway. The postponement follows the call-off on Thursday of the planned Sunday trip by defending champions Leinster to Scarlets. 

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A small number of Scarlets players returned positive cases of Covid-19 and others were identified as close contacts who are now isolating, forcing the Parc Y Scarlets game to be called off. 

The same has now happened with the planned match in the west of Ireland. A statement read: “The round eight Guinness PRO14 fixture between Connacht and Ospreys has been postponed.

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“The game was due to take place on Saturday, November 28, in Galway. However, one Ospreys player has returned a positive case of Covid-19 and others identified as close contacts are now isolating. 

“Having considered all the available evidence, the PRO14 medical advisory group has deemed that this fixture cannot go ahead.

“Benetton, who played against Ospreys on Sunday, carried out routine squad testing this week and returned negative results all round. PRO14 Rugby will examine potential dates in early 2021 to reschedule the Connacht-Ospreys game.”

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The Galway postponement is the seventh match to be called off so far in the 2020/21 PRO14 season due to concerns about the virus. Connacht vs Benetton, Benetton vs Munster, Dragons vs Connacht, Glasgow vs Dragons and Edinburgh vs Dragons all fell by the wayside in recent weeks.  

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