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Ulster's Champions Cup opponents Toulouse confirm positive Covid-19 case ahead of Top 14 return

 

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Ulster's Champions Cup quarter-final opponents Toulouse have had a positive Covid-19 test

Ulster's Champions Cup quarter-final opponents Toulouse have had a positive Covid-19 test

Ulster's Champions Cup quarter-final opponents Toulouse have had a positive Covid-19 test

Ulster's Champions Cup quarter-final opponents, Stade Toulousain, have confirmed one of their professional staff has tested positive for Covid-19 ahead of next week's Top 14 return.

The club issued a statement on Friday morning revealing that an individual - whose identity was kept anonymous - had tested positive for the virus and was self-isolating as a result.

The individual was also reported by the club as being asymptomatic and will now follow the two-week quarantine in place for those who test positive for the virus.

As a result of the positive case, Toulouse's friendly against Montpellier, which was scheduled to be played on Friday night, has been cancelled.

As it stands, Toulouse begin their Top 14 campaign next Sunday when they face Clermont Auvergne at the Stade Marcel-Michelin, and the club insist that the positive test will not affect their ability to participate in the resumption of play.

The positive will likely have no impact on Ulster's Champions Cup quarter-final either, which is scheduled for Sunday, September 20, however Ulster and EPCR will surely now be monitoring the situation.

Ulster, of course, have had their own coronavirus issues after eight Academy players tested positive for the virus earlier in the week. Their game against Leinster will go ahead on Saturday regardless.

However, it is another reminder of how quickly the situation can change with regards to sport during the Covid-19 pandemic, with Toulouse the fourth Top 14 side to have reported a positive case prior to the league's resumption.

Belfast Telegraph