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Ulster get green light for Leinster clash following virus outbreak



Dan McFarland

Dan McFarland

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Dan McFarland

Ulster's game with Leinster at the Aviva Stadium tomorrow will be played as planned after the latest round of testing for Covid-19 saw zero positive results among the senior squads.

Eight cases in the northern province's Academy side had sparked fears the game would have to be cancelled only one week on from Irish rugby's big return out of lockdown, but the good news yesterday allayed concerns and saw the senior squad return to training at Kingspan Stadium.

"The staff and players from the two provinces have been cleared to compete in this weekend's Guinness PRO14 games at the Aviva Stadium," read an IRFU statement.

"Players and staff are currently tested each match week.

"All individuals identified as potential close contacts of this group of Academy players immediately began self-isolating, and have since been tested. This includes one member of the senior squad who has received a negative test result but will continue to self-isolate in line with public health advice.

"All Academy training continues to be suspended and Ulster Rugby continues to work closely alongside the Public Health Agency."

Ulster head coach Dan McFarland will name his team for tomorrow night's contest this afternoon.

Belfast Telegraph