EDINBURGH still hope that Saturday’s Rainbow Cup match against Ulster at Murrayfield will go ahead as planned, despite the fact that one of their players has tested positive for Covid and some others have had to self-isolate. The team cancelled their training session and a scheduled media conference yesterday as a result, and the full squad were tested.

“Edinburgh Rugby can confirm a squad player has tested positive for Covid-19,” the team announced yesterday afternoon. “The player has started self-isolation as per Scottish Government guidelines.

“Subsequent internal contact tracing identified a small group of potential contacts and they are also isolating. To respect medical confidentiality Edinburgh Rugby will not name the individuals affected.

“Today’s (Monday) training at the club has been cancelled as a precaution and the entire squad and playing staff were tested early this morning. Further updates on the squad will be issued as appropriate.

“The club continues to operate an extensive health and safety coronavirus mitigation plan and follow all respective health guidance aligned through Scottish Rugby's Threat Management Group. The club’s Guinness PRO14 [Rainbow Cup] match against Ulster at BT Murrayfield this Saturday (5 June) is still scheduled to go ahead as planned.”

Ulster had to cancel their Cup game against Scarlets last weekend after four of their players tested positive. With no dates available to reschedule the match, it was declared a 0-0 draw and Scarlets were awarded four points, leaving Ulster bottom of the table. 

Edinburgh insisted then, too, that their match with the Belfast-based team would go ahead as planned. Ulster, for whom the Murrayfield match would be their last of the season, have yet to provide an update on the health of their squad. Edinburgh, who are also well out of the running for a place in the Cup final, have one game to go after this weekend - away to Scarlets on Sunday 13th.