Statement | Lyon fixture cancelled
Glasgow Warriors’ Heineken Champions Cup game against Lyon on Saturday (19 December) has been cancelled.
A total of 20 Glasgow Warriors players from the match-day
23 in Exeter last Sunday are now self-isolating after several Exeter Chiefs
players and staff tested positive for COVID-19.
On discovery Glasgow Warriors immediately consulted Public Health Scotland to determine this outcome and has the support of Scottish Rugby’s Threat Management Group.
With a significant number of players self-isolating and an extensive injury list, the decision has been taken that it is not safe to play on Saturday. Exeter’s round two game against Toulouse is also cancelled. EPCR have decided that because Glasgow Warriors and Exeter Chiefs are unable to fulfil their round two fixtures they each concede their games 28-0.
Glasgow Warriors will now turn its attention to mitigating any further risks to its squad to protect the upcoming 1872 Cup fixtures against Edinburgh in the Guinness PRO14.
The club has reviewed the stringent COVID-19 protocols that it has put in place for its squad and commends its players and staff who have been exemplary in following these during this period.
Update: 18 December 2020
EPCR match result decisions – Heineken Champions Cup, Round 2
Following the cancellation of the Heineken Champions Cup, Round 2 fixtures between Glasgow Warriors and Lyon, La Rochelle and Bath Rugby, and Toulouse and Exeter Chiefs, in the interests of the health and safety of players and club staff alike, the results of the matches have been decided by a Match Result Resolution Committee.
The committee, comprising EPCR Director General, Vincent Gaillard, EPCR Board member, Andrea Rinaldo, and EPCR Head of Governance and Regulations, Liam McTiernan, considered the facts regarding the cancelled matches today (Friday, 18 December).
In respect of the Glasgow Warriors v Lyon Pool B fixture which had been scheduled for tomorrow (Saturday, 19 December) at Scotstoun, it was decided that as Glasgow Warriors were unable to safely field a matchday squad due to the unavailability of a significant number of isolating players, Lyon were deemed to be the winners, and were awarded five match points on a scoreline of 28-0. The same decision applies to Bath and Exeter Chiefs.
EPCR emphasise that blame was not considered as a factor during the deliberations, and the committee’s decisions were made with a view to facilitating the completion of this season’s Heineken Champions Cup in unprecedented circumstances.