Due to new cases of covid-19 detected within the La Rochelle squad, the club decided to close its training center all week.
Stade Rochelais is in isolation! The Charente-Maritime club has been affected by the coronavirus since last week, and the situation has not improved. Indeed, five new cases were detected Monday within the professional workforce and ten within the hope group. So that the club has decided to close its training center all week, pending further tests at the end of the week.
La Rochelle is not one of the eight clubs that will play this weekend in a late Top 14 match (matches that replace those of the 3rd day of the European Cup, suspended at least until early February). Unless the National Rugby League decides to schedule matches on the weekend of January 23-24, Stade Rochelais is not supposed to replay before the last weekend of January, on the occasion of the clash between the first two of the standings, against Toulouse at the Marcel-Deflandre stadium. The Yellow and Black are currently second, three points behind the Red and Black, but have one more match to play, on the field of Racing 92, third. A match that should have taken place last weekend.
Press release from Stade Rochelais
“Following the massive screening campaign carried out yesterday within the Club in order to stem the internal spread of COVID-19 (152 RT-PCR tests), 5 new cases were detected in the professional group and 10 in the Hope group . The Training Center will therefore remain closed all week and the members of the two groups are in solitary confinement awaiting new samples at the end of the week. No case having been identified in the administrative team, the head office will resume its activity from this day. The Club invites all its supporters to be extremely vigilant in the face of this virus, the contagiousness of which we are seeing! “