Cardiff Blues’ European Challenge Cup pool stage fixture against Stade Francais Paris has been cancelled after the French side decided not to travel to South Wales.
The Parisiens fell to Benetton in their first round game last weekend, before the Italian sides went on to record a number of positive coronavirus tests leading to the postponement of their game against Agen in round two.
Despite there being no suggestion that any Stade Francais players were exposed to the virus in that game, and all have tested negative this week, they informed competition organisers EPCR that they have sufficient doubts over the covid status of their players and staff to choose not to head to Rodney Parade on Sunday.
EPCR’s Medical Risk Assessment Committee and Cardiff Blues were both happy for the game to proceed, therefore the match result decision went to the Match Result Resolution Committee who awarded a 28-0 victory, and five match points to John Mulvihill’s side.
In a statement posted on the club’s official website, Cardiff Blues said, “It is disappointing the fixture will not be fulfilled, however Cardiff Blues understand the decision and send the club’s best wishes to Stade Francais and any other clubs affected at this time.
“The health and safety of the entire rugby family is paramount at this time and the club would like to thank EPCR, Stade Francais and staff at Rodney Parade for their professionalism.
“Preparations for a return to Guinness PRO14 action will now begin while continuing to follow stringent protocols and procedures from the tournament organiser, the Welsh Rugby Union and Public Health Wales.”