RFU probe raises ‘concerns’ over Sale’s protocols

The Rugby Football Union (RFU) has revealed that its investigation into the coronavirus cases among Sale Sharks players has uncovered “concerns” over the protocols at the Premiership club.

RFU probe raises ‘concerns’ over Sale’s protocols

RFU probe raises ‘concerns’ over Sale’s protocols

The probe was launched after it was alleged that the Sale Sharks squad went drinking into the early hours after their Premiership Cup final triumph over Harlequins just 10 days before the outbreak.

Sale Sharks director of rugby Steve Diamond denied the allegation on BT Sport on Sunday evening.

The Covid-19 outbreak at Sale led to their home fixture against Worcester – which was initially scheduled to be played on Sunday – being postponed until Wednesday.

Additional tests However, an additional round of testing that was completed on Tuesday – with the results returned in the early hours of Wednesday morning – has resulted in the cancellation of the match after six new players and two staff members returned positive Covid-19 tests.

“The RFU is undertaking a full and thorough investigation and is working closely with Public Health England,” a RFU statement read.

“A summary of findings will be published in due course and we will consider if there are any learnings for all clubs.

“The RFU has concerns about how this situation has developed and will be making recommendations to PRL and the PGB to avoid future uncertainty for clubs and players as well as protecting the reputation of the game.”


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