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2 hours ago, Midred said:

How many of the teams can enter the European championships from each league? 

As of next season it will be 8 from the premiership, 8 from the top 14 (French league) and 8 from the pro 14 (welsh, Scottish and Irish league).

The remaining teams go into the challenge cup (basically rugby’s Europa league) 

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I haven't seen it written anywhere.

But are there time slots when the semi finals will be played this weekend?

I've seen Bristol advertise about playing Saturday, is there any indication of what time that might be?

I haven't seen if both semi finals are Saturday, or if one is Saturday and one Sunday etc?

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1 minute ago, phantom said:

I haven't seen it written anywhere.

But are there time slots when the semi finals will be played this weekend?

I've seen Bristol advertise about playing Saturday, is there any indication of what time that might be?

I haven't seen if both semi finals are Saturday, or if one is Saturday and one Sunday etc?

Both on Saturday. 1:30 if it's Wasps, 4:30 if it's Exeter.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/54434321

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Sale Sharks have named their side to face Worcester Warriors in the clubs rearranged Gallagher Premiership Round 22 fixture scheduled for Wednesday 7th October 7:45pm. Live on BT Sport – Kick off 7:45pm.

Following a confirmed 19 positive COVID 19 cases at the club last week, Steve Diamond’s squad options are in short supply, however the club are able to field a COVID compliant matchday squad for the fixture.

Valery Morozov, Cameron Neild and Ross Harrison make up the front row for the Sharks highly stakes clash with Worcester tomorrow evening, with Morozov making the switch to tighthead prop for the first time since joining the club.

Jean-Luc du Preez and Matt Postlethwaite combine to form a powerful lock partnership for tomorrow’s match, with the Sharks deploying a familiar back row of Jono Ross, Tom Curry and Daniel du Preez for the rescheduled fixture.

Will Cliff and Robert du Preez link up in the half back roles, the trusted pair know each other well after a string of solid performances together throughout early stages of the 19/20 season gave the Sharks a platform for success early in the campaign.

Premiership stalwart Cliff and Springbok du Preez are joined in the back line by Sam Hill and Sam James, who take their places in the midfield after combining for 60 minutes during the Sharks’ clash with Northampton Saints last Tuesday. Marland Yarde, Denny Solomona and Luke James complete an exciting back line for Sale ahead of Wednesday night’s match.

*Subject to Sale Sharks entire squad undergoing further COVID 19 testing on Tuesday 6th October testing, If the club feel it is not safe to play or receive one additional positive test, Sale Sharks will forfeit their Gallagher Premiership Round 22 match with Worcester Warriors in order to ensure the health and safety of all concerned.

Sale Sharks XV:

  1. Luke James, 14. Denny Solomona, 13. Sam James, 12. Sam Hill, 11. Marland Yarde, 10. Robert du Preez, 9. Will Cliff; 1. Ross Harrison, 2. Cameron Neild, 3. Valerey Morozov, 4. Matt Postlethwaite, 5. Jean-Luc du Preez, 6. Jono Ross (Capt.), 7. Tom Curry, 8. Daniel du Preez.

Replacements:

  1. Ewan Ashman, 17. Cal Ford, 18. Joe Jones, 19. Ewan Murphy, 20. Sam Dugdale, 21. Joe Bedlow, 22. Tom Curtis, 23. Connor Doherty

TAKEN FROM: https://www.premiershiprugby.com/news/sale-sharks-team-news-worcester-warriors-h

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Sale's match with Worcester Warriors has been called off after Premiership Rugby reported six more Sharks players have tested positive for Covid-19.

The game was originally due to take place on Sunday, but it was rearranged for Wednesday after 19 cases of coronavirus in the Sharks camp.

It means Worcester are awarded a 20-0 win and Sale miss out on the play-offs.

Bath will now travel to leaders Exeter in the semi-finals on Saturday, while Bristol go to Wasps.

Two members of Sale rugby staff have also returned positive results from the latest round of testing, bringing the number of infections at the club to 27 in the past seven days.

Worcester welcomed the decision to cancel the fixture, calling it "the right outcome for the safety of all players, staff and officials involved".

The club also extended it sympathies to Sale that a match with such significance for their play-off hopes had to be forfeited.

While Sale admitted the cancellation is "devastating", denying them the chance to win the Premiership title, it wholly understands "the welfare of players, staff and officials is the most important factor".

The Sharks are the subject of a Rugby Football Union investigation into their Covid management after the initial 19 positive results were confirmed on Saturday.

The club once again denied reports players and staff had broken any guidelines and protocols given to them by the RFU and Premiership Rugby.

It also labelled claims players had gone out partying and socialising in Manchester following their Premiership Rugby Cup victory over Harlequins on 21 September as "completely inaccurate and untrue".

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21 minutes ago, BanburyRed said:

Something doesn't quite ring true about so many positive cases, incl staff....

Agree, something very odd about these numbers.....

Two members of Sale rugby staff have also returned positive results from the latest round of testing, bringing the number of infections at the club to 27 in the past seven days.

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6 hours ago, phantom said:

Agree, something very odd about these numbers.....

Two members of Sale rugby staff have also returned positive results from the latest round of testing, bringing the number of infections at the club to 27 in the past seven days.

Didn't help that the Director of Rugby for the Premiership?  had connections with Sale as an ex player and with Steve Diamond as an ex club mate. Possibly this decision could have been taken earlier.

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Huge game today, two sides in good form, playing good rugby going at it. 
 

The battle at 13 is going to be fascinating, two world class players there. Need to get control at the scrum and stop their jacklers from having the opportunity to get easy ball if we’re to stand a chance. 2 finals would be a huge achievement!

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