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Munster's clash with Leinster in Thomond Park postponed

The game was due to take place in Limerick on 26 December.

Munster and Leinster were due to clash at Thomond Park on St Stephen's Day.
Munster and Leinster were due to clash at Thomond Park on St Stephen's Day.
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Updated Dec 24th 2020, 11:20 AM

MUNSTER’S GUINNESS PRO14 clash with Leinster scheduled to take place on 26 December has been postponed.

The game was due to be played at Thomond Park on St Stephen’s Day but will now be rescheduled for 2021.

Following the postponement, Leinster have confirmed that all their players and staff have tested negative for Covid-19.

It’s understood Leinster initially had some issues with a small number of tests this week and had to undergo some retesting. Those delays caused the postponement of the game. 

“Leinster Rugby can confirm that all outstanding Covid-19 PCR Testing results have now been returned and all players and staff have tested negative,” reads a statement from Leinster. 

“Leinster Rugby would like to thank the Pro14 Rugby Medical Advisory Group and Munster Rugby for their help and understanding and we look forward to the rescheduled game early in the new year.”

An earlier Pro14 statement had confirmed the postponement:

“The Round 9 Guinness Pro14 fixture between Munster Rugby and Leinster Rugby has been postponed,” said the Pro14.

“The game was due to take place on Saturday, December 26 in Limerick, however, Leinster Rugby are currently investigating the outcomes of some of the results from their latest round of Covid-19 PRC testing. Results of these investigations will not be returned in time to meet guidelines set by public health authorities in order for the game go ahead as planned.

“Having considered this, the Pro14 Rugby Medical Advisory Group has agreed that this fixture cannot go ahead as scheduled.

“Pro14 Rugby will examine potential dates in early 2021 to reschedule the game.”

- Updated 11.44am on 25 December to include Leinster’s statement.

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