INVESTIGATION – With the appearance of the English variant, the European Cups have been postponed and the Six Nations Tournament is threatened. The calendar of the oval balloon in Europe is upset, not without consequences …
The health protocol of the European Professional Club Rugby (the organizer of the European Cups, headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland) has become a matter of state. Blame it on the Tigers. Those of Leicester. On December 19, as part of the Challenge Cup, Aviron Bayonnais welcomes the team from the north of England. The Basque club does not yet suspect that this meeting will plunge it into turmoil. Four days after this defeat (20-28), the Tigers indeed announce that their workforce being affected by the Covid-19, they withdraw against Newcastle in the English league. Two more days and it’s a disaster in Bayonne. The cases are multiplying: eight infected players, and the rest of the team is considered as a contact case. The club must close its doors, place everyone in isolation. It quickly appears that it is the strain of the English variant which has contaminated rugby players. Before the competition, the medical authorities of the National Rugby League
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