Dragons forced to postpone Pro14 fixtures after Covid outbreak

Dragons have been shut down by the Welsh Rugby Union for two weeks after the Pro14 region announced seven positive Covid-19 tests on Friday as part of the WRU’s weekly testing programme.

As a result the team’s fixtures in the Pro14 at home to Connacht, due to be held on Saturday, and next Sunday away to Glasgow Warriors have both been postponed. Both fixtures are expected to be rescheduled by the Pro14 for early 2021, with the league now examining potential dates.

The team’s fixture for the following week on November 23 at home to Edinburgh will also be under review, pending the results of that week’s round of Covid-19 testing.

Dragons faced Munster last week in the Pro14 and the Irish province have since returned no positive Covid-19 tests this week following the fixture. The Wales national squad, currently preparing for the Autumn Nations Cup, has also been unaffected, Telegraph Sport understands.

“Working closely with and supported by Public Health Wales the decision has been made to close the Region, with no training or games to take place during this time,” the WRU announced.

“The decision has been taken to ensure health and safety of all those at the club and to reduce further transmission. All players, management and staff at the Region are to self-isolate and follow all Public Health Wales guidelines. Additional testing (in addition to the current testing programme) will also be part of these measures.”

Dragons faced another Covid-19 scare back in August when the 2019-20 Pro14 season resumed, with fortunately only one player testing positive.

The region, coached by former Gloucester and Worcester head coach Dean Ryan, are set to take part in the Champions Cup this season for the first time since 2010-11, with Dragons facing Bordeaux-Begles and recent Gallagher Premiership finalists Wasps in the pool stages.