The Premiership Rugby Cup final between Sale and Harlequins on Sunday
has been postponed due to an individual developing symptoms consistent
with the new coronavirus.
The Harlequins staff member has since
gone into self-isolation, but the match, which was set to be played at
Salford's AJ Bell Stadium, has become the latest sporting event in
Britain to be axed because of the deadly pandemic.
In a statement,
Premiership Rugby said: "Unfortunately, Sunday's Premiership Rugby Cup
Final has been postponed following an individual on staff developing
symptoms consistent with Coronavirus (Covid-19). The individual is now
safely in isolation.
"We're incredibly sorry to all the people who
will be disappointed, however the welfare of fans, players and staff
remains our first concern, and so we must postpone the game for now."
Harlequins confirmed in a statement that it was one of their staff that has the illness.
on from the postponement of the Premiership Rugby Cup final, Harlequins
can confirm that a member of the club's support staff has shown
flu-like symptoms," the club said.
"As a precaution they have
placed themselves in self isolation, following government-advised best
practise and for the welfare of others."
Premier League football was postponed until 3 April on Friday, with the second, third and fourth tiers following suit.
union has also been hit, with the Wales v Scotland match, set for
Saturday, becoming the fourth Six Nations clash to be postponed because
of the virus.
All of Sunday's Women's Six Nations fixtures have
been cancelled, while the PRO14 competition and all French rugby union
have been halted.
Harlequins Chief Executive Laurie Dalrymple
said: "The health and wellbeing of our staff, supporters and players is
of paramount importance to us. Whilst we know that supporters will
naturally be disappointed by the postponement of the final, we also hope
they will understand that playing the fixture at this time is not
"We will continue to work closely with Premiership
Rugby and the relevant authorities to determine the best way to proceed
from this point in order to reschedule the match where possible."