Nine Scotland players ruled out of England A match after Covid outbreak

One player has tested positive to Covid and eight others are also isolating after being identified as close contacts

Nine unidentified Scotland players have been ruled out of Sunday's A international against England after a Covid outbreak in the squad. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk
Nine unidentified Scotland players have been ruled out of Sunday's A international against England after a Covid outbreak in the squad. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk

A MEMBER of the Scotland Men’s squad has tested positive for Covid-19 and eight team-mates have been identified as potential contacts. All nine individuals are now isolating and therefore have been ruled out of Sunday’s A international fixture against England at Welford Road in Leicester. 

To respect medical confidentiality, Scottish Rugby will not name the individuals affected.

Five players have been called into the squad as reinforcements. They are: George Taylor (Edinburgh Rugby), Stafford McDowall (Glasgow Warriors), D’Arcy Rae (Glasgow Warriors), Ben Vellacott (Wasps) and Callum Hunter-Hill (Saracens).


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The squad was supposed to travel to Leicester yesterday [Thursday] but that was postponed as a precaution and all players and management were PCR tested early that morning. No further positive results were returned from the playing group.

Consequently, this week’s team announcement has been pushed back 10.30am on Saturday to allow time for travel, and the game remains scheduled to go ahead as planned on Sunday at 2pm.


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David has worked as a freelance rugby journalist since 2004 covering every level of the game in Scotland for publications including The Herald/Sunday Herald, The Sunday Times, The Telegraph, The Scotsman/Scotland on Sunday/Evening News, The Daily Record, The Daily Mail/Mail on Sunday and The Sun.

3 Comments

  1. They can’t control it at professional international level so what chance do they have come the time when amateur club rugby resumes?? We’ve yet to hear how the SRU strategy in regards to testing pre and post game day!

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  2. Test and ye shall find. I would love to come back in 7-10 days to see if this fit young man developed a real Covid infection. I’ ll bet you he does not, what ever happened to
    young Billy Gilmour anyone know if he developed an actual Covid infection he has 3 more days to go down with it.

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    • What an exciting (if irresponsibly dumb) concept – just throw caution to the winds…..

      Go on, then – you first!

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