The match of the 21st Top 14 day scheduled for next Saturday between Montpellier and Toulon is postponed due to several positive cases of coronavirus within the Var club.
Deprived of the Champions Cup and forced to forfeit before its round of 16 against Leinster, Toulon still sees the coronavirus upset its calendar. The LNR announced on Monday the postponement of the RCT match initially scheduled for Saturday in Montpellier during the 21st day of Top 14.
The body leading French professional rugby justified its decision by the existence of several positive cases for Covid-19 within the workforce of the Var club.
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Almost a month without playing for RCT
After registering a first case in early April, before his European match against Leinster, several forwards of the RCT had been considered as a contact case.
But obviously the health protocol put in place was not enough to prevent the spread of the epidemic within the group led by Patrice Collazo. No date has been formalized by the LNR to play this duel between the MHR and Toulon.
This postponement does not suit the Hérault club, which should afford a rhythmic end of the season with in particular its qualification for the semi-finals of the Challenge Cup. On the Toulon side, we risk spending a full month without playing. The partners of Sergio Parisse and Louis Carbonel have not played a single match since their heavy defeat in Lyon (54-16) on March 27.
With the postponement of the poster against Montpellier, should not replay at best before the 22nd day and the reception of Agen on April 24. A not really ideal break before first the final sprint in the league while Toulon is currently seventh in the Top 14 and fighting for the final phase.