Scotland’s summer tour match versus Romania is cancelled

Several members of the Scottish squad have now tested positive to Covid

Scotland's match against Romania next Saturday has been called off due to a Covid outbreak I the camp. Image: © Craig Watson -
Scotland's match against Romania next Saturday has been called off due to a Covid outbreak I the camp. Image: © Craig Watson -

SCOTLAND’S summer tour match against Romania in Bucharest next Saturday has been cancelled following confirmation that several members of the Scotland Men’s camp have tested positive for Covid-19. 

Four players tested positive to Covid last week, causing the cancellation of Sunday’s Scotland A versus England A match in Leicester, and the whole squad began to self-isolate on Monday, but the latest round of testing showed that the virus is not under control within the squad.

At this stage, Scottish Rugby has every intention of fulfilling the following week’s international fixture against Georgia in Tbilisi, however the current situation remains fluid and that match is subject to review and further testing.

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“We unfortunately now have a situation where we have several Covid-19 positive cases within the playing group and management, and as such we’ve made the correct decision to call off the Romania fixture,” said Scottish Rugby Chief Medical Officer Dr James Robson.

“Simply put, you cannot hurry players or management out of isolation, and with the health and wellbeing of the squad very much in mind, we wouldn’t be in a position where we could safely travel to Romania and fulfil an international fixture.

“We’ll now work intently on ensuring the squad and management are able to safely return to a graduated training regime.”

Scotland Interim Head Coach, Mike Blair, said: “As a camp – of both management and players – we’re obviously massively disappointed that we’ll be unable to travel and face Romania next weekend, however it is 100 per cent the correct decision, taking into account the health and wellbeing of this group.

“It’s clearly been a disappointing couple of days, however, since meeting as a squad over a fortnight ago, the determination and resilience shown by this group has been evident to see, and we’ll move forward with that Georgia fixture very much in focus.

“We’ll continue to work closely with Dr James Robson and the medical team at Scottish Rugby, who will advise and direct us as we look to return to a graduated training schedule in the coming week.

Scottish Rugby Chief Executive, Mark Dodson, added: “We still have every intention of travelling to face Georgia the following week, subject to further medical review and testing, and we’ll hopefully be in a position where a large section of the squad will be able to return to a graduated training regime next week.”

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  1. More worrying how are we going to get amateur rugby operating when we can’t have the full time pros playing without falling foul of Covid….budgets for Covid protocols for pros are vastly superior to those that club sides could aspire to with players who have to work and cannot reside in bubbles….would love to be wrong but think this next season may need some contingency plans.

  2. Very disappointing. One match does not make a tour. Was there a bubble – and if so, what happened? Was particularly looking forward to seeing the young lads get a chance and tying down some extremely talented players who are dual-qualified.

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