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Ulster Rugby given green light to return to training after returning no positive Covid-19 tests



Ulster will return to training on Monday

Ulster will return to training on Monday

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Ulster will return to training on Monday

Ulster Rugby have been cleared to return to training on Monday June 29 after producing no positive results in the latest series of IRFU testing for the coronavirus.

The IRFU, who carried out the PCR testing for Covid-19, confirmed that none of the 118 tests conducted across Ulster and fellow province Connacht produced a positive result.

That means Ulster can return to training for the first time since lockdown was introduced on Monday at Kingspan Stadium, which has been declared as the team's High Performance Centre.

Despite the wholesale negative tests, initial training will be done in modified groups in order to help reduce any potential spread of the virus, with full team training introduced at a later stage.

Testing will continue to be undertaken as the provinces return to training and as they increase their workload, particularly when contact training is introduced.

Ulster are due to return to competitive action on the weekend of August 22/23 when the Guinness PRO14 resumes with back-to-back weekend of local derbies.

Dan McFarland's side are expected to face Connacht at the Aviva Stadium on the Sunday of that weekend, followed by Munster the following Saturday at the same venue.

Ulster can also start preparing for their Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final against Toulouse, which has now been pencilled in for the weekend of September 18/19/20 by EPCR.

Belfast Telegraph