All British against French European rugby games set to be scrapped

BREAKING: All European rugby games involving British teams against French opposition look set to be SCRAPPED due to new Covid travel rules… plunging the Champions and Challenge Cups into disarray

All British against French European rugby games look likely to be scrapped in a blanket decision on Friday, throwing the Champions and Challenge Cups into disarray.

Sportsmail understands that clubs are learning their games have been cancelled, after two meetings this morning between competition organisers EPCR and the French clubs.

It comes after the French government this week announced they were closing their UK borders to all but essential travel.

British against French European rugby games look likely to be scrapped in a blanket decision

Earlier on Friday, Racing 92 were awarded a 28-0 forefit win over the Ospreys, who had positive cases in camp.

But largely the rest of the teams are able to field teams – the cancellations imminent as French government rules are restricting travel.

At this stage Ulster versus Northampton on Friday night, Harlequins against Cardiff and Glasgow vs Exeter on Saturday, and Leicester versus Connacht on Sunday should be played as they don’t involve French sides.

It remains to be seen how points will be apportioned, as there is no space in the calendar to replay the matches.  

Racing 92 were awarded a 28-0 forefit win over the Ospreys, who had positive cases in camp

Racing 92 were awarded a 28-0 forefit win over the Ospreys, who had positive cases in camp

As late as midday on Friday British clubs were being told to proceed with their travel and preparations plans as normal by EPCR – and all announced their teams.

But with those playing on Saturday flying on Friday, a quick decision had to be made.

It now looks like at least seven Champions Cup games will be scrapped – following the cancellation of Montpellier v Leinster which came on Thursday.

And in the Challenge Cup two more games look likely to be off – involving London Irish and Worcester against Brive and Biarittz.

Earlier in the week Saracens cancelled their trip to Pau after positive cases in their camp. 

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