The competition organizer announced, on Friday, the postponement of matches between French and British clubs scheduled for Saturday and Sunday in the European Rugby Cup tournaments due to travel restrictions between the two countries.
This relates to five matches from the second day of the European Cup and two matches of the European Challenge, which EPCR has set out its intention to “reprogram (…) at a later time”.
“This is a result of the new restrictions on travel between the UK and France imposed by the French government,” the organizers explained.
Indeed, on Saturday, Paris recommitted itself to “compelling reasons” for travelers to and from the UK in the face of the “too rapid distribution of the Omicron variant”.
Thus, La Rochelle matches in Bath, Claremont in Sale or Bordeaux-Beagle against Scarletts (Yanelli) will take place at a later date. Just like the English were greeted by Bristol and the Hornets by Stade Francis and Toulouse respectively.
In the challenge, Worcester-Biarritz and London Irish Brive are concerned.
“All other matches for Day Two scheduled for tonight (Friday) and this weekend will take place as planned,” EPCR said.
Lyon, who travel to Wales to face the Dragons, and Toulon, who host the Italians from Zebre, will be the only 14 teams playing this weekend.
A little earlier, Montpellier and Racing 92 won the European Cup, Pau in Challenge, in their encounters on the green carpet due to Covid-19 cases in the ranks of their opponents.
For postponed matches, it will be a matter of finding time in an already overburdened calendar between tournaments and matches for the national teams.
The Board of Directors explained that “EPCR will provide more information as soon as possible and will remain in direct contact with all clubs, leagues and other stakeholders.”
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