Bath v Gloucester crowd cancelled at five hours’ notice

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Bath have been forced to move their Gallagher Premiership fixture against Gloucester behind closed doors less than five hours before kick-off, following the latest guidance from the Government regarding Covid-19.

Up to 1,000 supporters were due to attend Tuesday’s fixture at The Rec, which kicks off at 5.30pm, in what would have been the first time Bath supporters had watched their side play at home since March.

Previous pilot events with crowds in the Gallagher Premiership have been hosted by Harlequins and Gloucester in recent weeks, but the government’s latest instructions mean that both Bath’s game and Bristol’s fixture against Leicester Tigers next week, which was also due to have 1,000 fans in attendance, will now take place without spectators.

« We desperately want to get supporters back to The Rec, but we know that we can only do it when it is absolutely safe to do so, » the club said in a statement.

Bath’s chief executive Tarquin McDonald added: “We are deeply sorry to share this news, of which we have just been made aware. This morning, our understanding was that our fixture was still able to go ahead and having put all of the safety measures in place, we were excited to be welcoming supporters back to the Rec.

“I would like to take this moment to thank all of our blue, black and white faithful, I know how disappointing this news will be for all of you. Public safety has to be our top priority and we will do everything we can to make sure that we can all return to the Rec safely once again in the future.”

Joe Cokanasiga, named on the bench, makes his long-awaited return for Bath after almost a year sidelined with a knee injury he sustained during the Rugby World Cup in Japan while away with England. The exciting wing underwent surgery in January and has not played since September 26 last year against the USA.

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Source: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/rugby-union/2020/09/22/bath-v-gloucester-crowd-cancelled-five-hours-notice/

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