The Rugby Football Union (RFU) said in a statement on Friday that England VS Barbarians international match has been canceled after some players violated the COVID-19 quarantine rules.
This week, many Barbarian players left their hotel rooms without the organizer's permission and asked the RFU to conduct a review to ensure that the game can be held safely.
The Rugby Football Union said that the decision to discover a further violation of the COVID-19 agreement left it no choice but to cancel the game.
The RFU said in the statement, as part of the continuing analysis into the violation of the Covid Code of Conduct that occurred on October 21. RFU today discovered an earlier undisclosed violation that occurred on October 20, when many barbarians left the hotel without permission and did not inform the organizers of their whereabouts.
The RFU concluded that the player left Covid’s safe environment on October 20 and was not isolated, from the other members of the team when returning, this resulted in damage to the bubble environment and the presence of Covid from outside the bubble. The potential risk of personal transmission to everyone in the barbarian team and management.
Bill Sweeney, the head of RFU, said he was very disappointed by the cancellation of the fixture, but the top priority is the health and safety of the England team and the other international teams they will fight against this fall.
We are all very disturbed and disappointed that due to the actions of some barbarian players, we no longer believe it is safe for the game to continue, he said.
The Barbarians said they were very disappointed with the actions of players who violated the agreement.
Eddie Jones England team hopes to get some game time in Twickenham this weekend, before the final Six Nations game in Italy on October 31.