The National Rugby League announced on Tuesday the postponement of the match between Bayonne and Pau, scheduled for Saturday as part of the 13th day of Top 14.
It was predictable, it’s now official. The Bayonne – Pau match will not take place this Saturday at 6:00 pm as part of the 13th day of Top 14. The National Rugby League announced its postponement on Tuesday, following the decision of the Regional Health Agency to Nouvelle-Aquitaine to close the Aviron Bayonnais club for a period of seven days. Last week, the Rowing match, against Castres, had already been postponed due to cases of coronavirus within the Basque workforce. Following the discovery of this cluster, all club members, from players to the administration, were placed in solitary confinement until January 2, which made it impossible to hold the match against Pau on the same day.
Eight games overdue in 2021, at least
On the evening of the 13th day, Bayonne, currently eleventh with 21 points, will therefore have two games behind compared to the teams which are up to date in their calendar, and Pau, tenth with 21 points also, one game late. In total, seven late Top 14 matches have yet to be played in the coming weeks (most in February, during the 6 Nations Tournament), not counting this Bayonne – Pau. Montpellier, antepenultimate in the standings, is currently the team most affected by postponements due to coronavirus cases, with no less than three games late to play. The calendar of the MHR in 2021 promises to be daunting. And the pandemic is still far from being stopped …
NRL press release:
“Following the decision of the Regional Health Agency of Nouvelle-Aquitaine to close the Aviron Bayonnais club for a period of 7 days, and pending the results of additional medical tests, the NRL Office decided to postpone the Aviron Bayonnais / Section Paloise Béarn Pyrénées meeting to a later date, initially scheduled for Saturday January 2 at 6 p.m. “