La Rochelle v Bath becomes 3rd European game to fall to Covid-19

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The European Champions Cup match between La Rochelle and Bath on Thursday became the third weekend tie to be cancelled due to Covid-19, organisers said.

The decision was taken after a Scarlets player, who faced the English side last week, returned a positive test.

"Bath have informed European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR) that the Scarlets player in question has been identified as a close contact of 12 of the Premiership club's matchday squad from the Round 1 fixture," said a statement.

"With a significant number of their senior players consequently self-isolating, in addition to reported injuries to several other squad members, Bath are unable to safely field a matchday 23 of the required standard in order to fulfil the Round 2 fixture.

"The Pool A match between La Rochelle and Bath which was scheduled for Saturday (19 December) at Stade Marcel-Deflandre is therefore cancelled."

On Wednesday, the games between Toulouse and champions Exeter and the tie featuring Glasgow against Lyon were also cancelled for similar reasons.

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