[Nov 6] The Welsh Rugby Union and Dragons Rugby have collaboratively and proactively taken the decision to close the region following the latest results of the COVID-19 testing programme.
The Dragons returned seven new positive COVID-19 tests this week as part of the WRU’s weekly testing programme.
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. This course of action has the full backing of the PRO14 Medical Advisory Group.
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.
The affected Dragons Guinness PRO14 fixtures are:
• R5 v Connacht (H)
• R6 v Glasgow Warriors (A)
The Round 7 fixture with Edinburgh will be under review as players are put through a testing programme.
Munster Rugby, who played against Dragons last weekend, have returned a full list of negative results from their PCR testing this week.
PRO14 Rugby will examine potential dates in early 2021 to reschedule these games
WRU National Medical manager Prav Mathema, along with Wales head coach Wayne Pivac, and WRU National Physical Performance Manager Paul ‘Bobby’ Stridgeon present a Return to Play presentation for the professional game in Wales.
WRU Operations Director Julie Paterson, alongside WRU National Medical manager Prav Mathema and WRU National Physical Performance Manager Paul ‘Bobby’ Stridgeon, give an update for support staff and coaches in the professional game in Wales.