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Ulster release statement confirming COVID-19 cases in Academy squad

Ulster rugby have released a statement confirming cases of COVID-19 within their academy squad.

The Northern province outlined that they are assisting the players and that all training of both Academy and Senior squads has been stood down.

The statement began;

“Ulster Rugby is assisting a group of Academy players after a number of COVID-19 cases were identified within the Academy squad.

“As soon as the cases were identified, Ulster Rugby immediately stood down all training of both the Academy and Senior squads and sought to identify any potential close contacts. All individuals potentially exposed to the virus have already commenced self-isolating.

“The Public Health Agency (PHA) has been informed, and the contact tracing process has started, in line with public health protocols.

“Ulster Rugby Medical Director, Michael Webb, said: ‘Following confirmation of multiple Academy players testing positive for COVID-19, we are closely following public health advice in line with the IRFU’s Return to Play protocols. As a result, we have taken a number of precautionary measures as we await the results of further testing. We are supporting the individuals involved and all will continue to be medically monitored.

“’Our top priority is to ensure the health and safety of our players and staff, and we will continue to work closely with both the IRFU and PHA as we look to make a safe and measured return to rugby.”

Ulster continued outlining that they currently have one senior squad member self-isolating at that the results of the routine PCR tests with the senior squad will be released tomorrow.

“One senior squad member has been identified as a potential contact and is already self-isolating. Routine PCR testing, part of the IRFU’s Return to Play protocols, took place with the Senior squad today, with results due to be released tomorrow in line with existing processes in place from previous testing rounds.

“Given this is a confidential health matter for the individuals involved, Ulster Rugby will not be making any further comment at this stage.”

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