Covid concern for Castleford Tigers after Challenge Cup final defeat by St Helens

Castleford Tigers' squad will undergo coronavirus checks tomorrow (Tuesday) after two players and a staff member tested positive for the virus.

Monday, 19th July 2021, 6:38 pm
Updated Monday, 19th July 2021, 6:42 pm

One of the positives was a member of the team which lost to St Helens in last Saturday’s Betfred Challenge Cup final.

Tigers’ next fixture is against Catalans Dragons in Perpignan on Saturday.

Clubs can apply for a postponement if they have seven or more of their 25 best-paid players ruled out as a result of Covid-19.

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One of Tigers' Wembley lineup has tested positive for coronavirus. Picture by Simon Wilkinson/SWpix.com.

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This weekend’s round of matches will be the first since coronavirus restrictions were lifted.

Stadiums will be fully open, with no social distancing, but the RFL are encouraging supporters to be “safe and responsible”.

Advice includes not attending matches if showing symptoms, vaccinating “where possible”, taking regular lateral flow tests and wearing a face covering in crowded areas.