Toulon President Bernard Lemaître Calls the Decision to Cancel Leinster v Toulon ‘Disgusting’

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Bernard Lemaître was talking RugbyRama as wasn’t happy that their was cancelled against Leinster, especially after flying to Dublin and called off just hours before hand. Leinster will now get a bye into the Quarter-finals of Europe. Read what the president had to say below;

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“It’s disgusting, the player tested positive on Wednesday and immediately isolated. The EPCR was immediately informed, but let us go to Dublin. For more than 24 hours,” Lemaitre said.

“Despite a total negative re-test of the players last night at 8pm, these people made this decision less than five hours before the match.”

Toulon Rugby Club also Released a Statement

“On late Thursday afternoon, the EPCR asked the club to carry out a new PCR test on the entire Red & Black workforce in Ireland,” the statement read.

“These tests were therefore carried out last night in the Irish capital and all the results came out negative.

“Finally, the EPCR considered this on Friday morning (a few hours before the match), that the whole front row were considered as close contacts and that they could not take part in the match, offering the possibility of rescheduling the game to Sunday on condition of replacing the six front row players. An obvious sporting impossibility …

“This is once again proof of the errors linked to the organisation of European competitions. The EPCR let the players and staff to go to Ireland, prepare for the match, only to deprive them a few hours before kick-off from participating in this major event.

“Rugby Club Toulonnais strongly deplores this decision and sends its thoughts to all its supporters who were impatiently awaiting this meeting.”

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