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Sport Virus forces Wasps into changes for Premiership final against Exeter

09:00  24 october  2020
09:00  24 october  2020 Source:   msn.com

Wasps hit by virus outbreak ahead of Premiership final

  Wasps hit by virus outbreak ahead of Premiership final Wasps' preparations for this month's Premiership final against Exeter have been hit by an outbreak of coronavirus at the club. Four players and three members of the backroom staff have produced positive results during the latest round of Covid-19 testing. Wasps have cancelled training for the remainder of the week as a precautionary measure. It is a significant setback in the build-up to their showdown with Exeter at Twickenham on October 24 after they emerged from lockdown as the Premiership's form team."The club's medical team were informed of the test results following the latest round of the PCR Covid-19 screening programme," a statement said.

Twickenham is hosting the Premiership final between Wasps and Exeter Glyn KIRK AFP/File. Wasps ' front row has been hit hard by the coronavirus outbreak that threatened their involvement in Saturday's Premiership final against newly crowned European champions Exeter .

Wasps will take part in Saturday's Premiership final against Exeter Chiefs at Twickenham, despite 11 Covid-19 cases within the club in the past week. Premiership Rugby confirmed Lee Blackett's side were clear to play after the latest round of testing. Bristol were on stand-by if Wasps

Wasps' front row has been hit hard by the coronavirus outbreak that threatened their involvement in Saturday's Premiership final against newly crowned European champions Exeter.

a large stadium: Twickenham is hosting the Premiership final between Wasps and Exeter © Glyn KIRK Twickenham is hosting the Premiership final between Wasps and Exeter

Props Kieran Brookes and Simon McIntyre are among four players ruled out of the climax to the English season due to contact-tracing protocols. Tom West and Jeff Toomaga-Allen take their places in the team announced on Friday.

Number eight Brad Shields also misses out after seven players returned positive tests for Covid-19, so Tom Willis plugs the gap in the back row.

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Wasps have been cleared to take part in Saturday’s Premiership final against Exeter at Twickenham after receiving no further positives in the latest Had Bristol, who were on standby due to finishing third in the regular season table, ended up facing Exeter the integrity of the competition would have been

Hooker Alfie Barbeary's hopes of securing a bench role for the Twickenham showdown have also been dashed.

In total there are four changes to the starting XV that thumped Bristol 47-24 in the semi-final, the last of them coming in the midfield as part of an otherwise unchanged backline.

Big hitting centre Malakai Fekitoa has lost his battle with a groin injury, so Juan de Jongh slots in at 13.

"If we are all being honest, it hasn't been ideal preparation, but I have to give credit to the players because they have coped with it admirably," said head coach Lee Blackett.


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"A lot of credit must also go to the staff. The amount of work that they have put in behind the scenes to allow us to play in this game is phenomenal."

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The Wasps head coach, Lee Blackett, has urged his side to make the most of their Premiership final reprieve against Exeter after their Covid-19 outbreak.

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"We know it will be tough," he added. "Exeter deservedly finished top of the league this season, but we are confident with the form that we can take into the game."

Exeter boss Rob Baxter has made a number of changes to his winning European formula ahead of their fifth successive appearance in the end-of-season decider.

Up front, Sam Skinner takes over from his Scottish international team-mate Jonny Gray, while Jannes Kirsten is preferred to compatriot Jacques Vermeulen in the back-row.

Behind them, Ollie Devoto comes into the centre alongside Henry Slade, while Olly Woodburn is given the nod over Tom O’Flaherty on the right wing.

Baxter said his players had been restrained in the celebrations after beating Racing 92 last week to be crowned kings of Europe for the first time.

"All of us know there was another game to go, so it’s important that the sacrifices they and their families have made over these weeks and months, are now made worthwhile, by turning up and performing well this weekend," he said.

"They have down time coming up and they can celebrate afterwards, but the key thing for me -- and I’ve said it to the lads -- is that they can enjoy it all by playing well this weekend. I’d love for them to round off their season in a special way by producing one of those big Exeter-type performances."

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