Harlequins’ Gallagher Premiership clash at Worcester scheduled for New Year’s Day, has been called off.

Quins returned a positive test for Covid-19 after their Boxing Day defeat by Bristol Bears and now an additional six players have been forced to self-isolate, whittling down their options at prop and hooker.

“In accordance with PHE guidelines, the seven players will now go into a 10-day isolation period,” a Harlequins statement read.

Under the Premiership Rugby regulations, the match between Harlequins and Worcester Warriors will be cancelled.

“We would never cancel a match lightly, as we understand the consequences, but we will always put health and safety first,” a Premiership Rugby spokesperson said.

“Neither Premiership Rugby nor the club will be naming any of the players or staff involved and we’d ask everyone to respect their privacy.”

A Premiership Rugby panel will now be convened to determine the allocation of points and a further announcement will be made in due course.

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