Aviron Bayonnais could be forced to give up a second consecutive Top 14 match. The match against Section Paloise which is scheduled for January 2 is threatened because of the cases of Covid-19 detected within the Basque workforce.
For Aviron Bayonnais, 2021 is likely to start as 2020 has ended: with a postponed match. After the trip to Castres which could not be held during Boxing Day, it is the reception of the Section Paloise scheduled for January 2 that is called into question. Seven cases of Covid-19 have been identified within the Basque workforce. To limit the spread of the virus from this cluster, the Regional Health Agency ordered the closure of the club’s facilities for seven days. All club members, from players to administration, have been placed in solitary confinement until January 2.
Until then, there will be no training and the possibility of participating in a Top 14 game that day seems compromised. The NRL should quickly formalize this decision. This postponement was to be expected since the appearance of the first cases of Covid-19 within the Bayonne workforce. On Saturday, they were detected after additional tests carried out by Rowing players. This precaution had been taken because of the recent trip to England of Yannick Bru’s men. Despite the local health context, the EPCR had maintained the Top 14 resident’s European Challenge match against the Leicester Tigers on December 19.
After this meeting, cases of Covid-19 had been identified within the English club and a few days later in Bayonne. These contaminations had provoked the anger of the Bayonne management who had published a press release on Saturday evening to denounce ” the consistency and effectiveness of the health protocol put in place by the EPCR and its much more flexible application conditions compared to those of the protocol of the National Rugby League “. The rowing leaders also regretted the consequences of this situation just a few days before important matches in the French championship. Meetings that will not take place until next year.
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