‘Players’ safety our main priority’ – Lee Blackett

Wasps head coach Lee Blackett insists the safety of his players is the club’s number one priority ahead of their Premiership semi-final on Saturday.

‘Players’ safety our main priority’ – Lee Blackett

‘Players’ safety our main priority’ – Lee Blackett

Blackett’s club are waiting to find out if they will face Bristol or Sale in the last four, with the latter having had 19 members of club staff test positive for coronavirus.

Sale have confirmed they will postpone their rearranged Premiership clash against Worcester on Wednesday night if the club feels safety issues could be compromised, after 16 Sharks players were among the club members who returned positive tests.

Blackett said: “I don’t want to say too much but our number one priority is our players’ safety.

“So we will ask questions and we’ll make sure but outside of that I’m leaving it up to some of our guys amongst the club that are going to ask those questions and get some answers.

“As long as we’re satisfied then we’re good to go but I fully expect that Worcester will have asked those questions first and made sure of that before we even get to the weekend.

“At the moment Worcester haven’t received those answers – what you’re saying is the health and safety is number one priority even if it means forfeiting a game?

“They’re not things I’ve asked myself. But one thing I will say from our side that the number one priority is the safety of our players before anything else.”

Waiting on Sale Sale need to avoid defeat against Worcester on Wednesday in order to qualify for this weekend’s play-offs, while a defeat or forfeit would see Bath play in the post-season series instead.

Sale’s entire squad will be re-tested on Tuesday, with the club committed to forfeiting the game if one more Covid-19 test returns positive.


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