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COVID-positive trio of wallabies in London

Three Wallabies players are among six confirmed cases of coronavirus which forced the Barbarians’ game against Samoa to be abandoned.

The Barbarians, coached by Dave Rennie and featuring 11 Wallabies, were scheduled to meet Samoa at Twickenham in London.

But the match was canceled just 90 minutes before the start of the AEDT on Sunday morning due to the epidemic in the Baa-Baas team.

News Corp reported that the positive cases involved barbaric players and staff in Australia, Japan and South Africa.

A report says the Australians affected are all gamblers and isolated.

James O’Connor, Tom Robertson, Pete Samu, Rob Leota, Tate McDermott, Tom Wright, Len Ikitau, Izaia Perese, Filipo Daugunu, Angus Bell and Nic White were the 11 Australians who were due to play after the end of their spring tour with Coach Rennie supervising the team.

The Rugby Football Union (RFU) said in a statement that four players and two staff have tested positive for COVID-19.

The Barbarians said on Twitter that all of their players “are absolutely devastated that we cannot play today.”

The Barbarians said they had 23 players tested negative on Saturday morning and were “ready and keen to play against Samoa”.

Rennie, who received a written warning from World Rugby for his outburst with officials after the Wales Test loss last weekend and apologized for his comments, looked forward to the honor of leading the international team on most famous invitation of the match.

“Each of these guys is honored to become a Barbarian and there is already a real sense of excitement and anticipation,” he said on Monday.

“We have brought together a wide range of countries and cultures and it will be a great week.”

The match was to be the swan song of former Irish full-back Rob Kearney and also Samoa’s last for lock Joe Tekori, who said he was already dressed for the match when news arrived that it was canceled. .

“I know this is my last game for my country. It’s sad for me. I don’t want to end like this,” an emotional Tekori told the BBC.

The Barbarians’ women’s team were able to play, however, and beat a Springbok Women’s XV 60-5 in front of a world record crowd at Twickenham.

A crowd of 29,581 watched the match – a record for a women’s match.

The match started after the cancellation of the men’s match.