Cardiff-Toulouse, Postponement or Cancellation?

Le Stade Toulousain défend son titre en Champions Cup, remporté le 22 mai dernier à Twickenham face au Stade Rochelais.

The Welsh are still trapped in South Africa. With the suspicion of contamination with the Omicron variant. If they are allowed to go back, they will have to observe the isolation for ten days. For the meeting scheduled for December 11th. Unbearable …

The Champions Cup starts in eleven days. Through the clash between Saints of Northampton and Racing 92. The next day, Saturday, December 11 at 2 pm, Cardiff will welcome defending European champion Stade Toulouse. A meeting that should not take place at least on this date. A spokesman for the EPCR, the organizer of the European Games, was pleased with the mysterious response to the Irish media (“We monitor the situation and liaise with the clubs»…), the only valid question is whether to choose to postpone or cancel the winning match for the champions in France. It is too early to say, however, that the Celts-led body did not always apply its restrictions in the letter, especially if they favored a French club (RC Toulon Case Law).

If the EPCR has not yet officially communicated, and is not on the calendar or its decision, one can assume that this match against the Welsh Club will not take place on December 11th. Now, on December 12, between Wasp and Munster. Why this assurance? Irish Sports Minister Jack Chambers announced on Monday that he had allowed all workers in the Irish province to return to Ireland from South Africa. Only two members – a positive Kovid-19 case and close contact – are forced to stay in Cape Town, where they are held in solitary confinement at another hotel.

“Munster is now allowed to travel. “

Jack Chambers, Irish Minister of Sports

Of the 48 people involved, 46 are currently allowed to travel, and discussions are underway to find a way back for those whose test results are negative.“, The minister told the Irish national television station RTE.For ten daysWhen they return home. “We continue to work with all relevant authorities to ensure our safe and secure return to Ireland. But for now, our priority is to take care of our players and our staff.“, Monstermen head coach Johan van Gran added in a statement.

Let’s reinvent. They need to find a plane, so at least 24 hours (at best, flights from South Africa are not legion for a few days, only essential trips to many European countries are allowed), and ten days of isolation. We’re coming… December 11. Either the day before their match against Wasps. Although Munster plans to hold this quarantine at its training center, in preparation for the cut. An opponent should be a little apprehensive when facing a team affected by Kovid-19, perhaps because its variant, the omega, is five times more contagious.

If we apply the same calculation in Welsh – knowing that there is still no official communication with the Cardiff team, one of them suspects that the Omicron variant is positive – we do not see how they can play their meeting on December 11th. Day of liberation from quarantine (best). In this age of pandemic innovation the Toulons are sure to start without any hesitation to go to Wales …

The Italian team Zebre (Parma) and Scarlett (Wales) were able to return to their home country on Sunday. On a flight to Munster and Cardiff. Before being trapped in Cape Town after finding positive cases in their ranks.

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