Premiership Rugby Cup final: Sale Sharks v Harlequins postponed

Sale winger Denny Solomona
Sale are second in the Premiership table and have home advantage over Harlequins for the Premiership Rugby Cup final - although a new date for the match is yet to be announced

Sunday's Premiership Rugby Cup final between Sale and Harlequins at AJ Bell Stadium has been postponed.

The game was called off on Friday evening after an individual staff member from one of the clubs showed symptoms consistent with the coronavirus and went into isolation.

"We're incredibly sorry to all the people who will be disappointed," a Premiership Rugby statement said.

"However the welfare of fans, players and staff remains our first concern."

No new date has been set for the match.

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The decision comes on a day of widespread sporting postponements worldwide.

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Elsewhere in rugby union, Saturday's Six Nations game between Wales and Scotland has been called off, joining two already postponed fixtures - Italy v England and France v Ireland.

All of Sunday's Women's Six Nations fixtures have been cancelled, while the Pro14 competition and all French rugby union have been halted.

The Rugby Football Union issued a statement on Fridayexternal-link advising clubs to use the government's and Public Health England's guidance on the virus.

The government announced on Thursday that sporting events could continue to be staged.

As a result, rugby union games in England planned for this weekend are set to be played as usual.