The England game against the Barbarians on Sunday was canceled due to a violation of Covid protocols by Barbarian players, according to Rugby Football Union.
Chris Robshaw, Richard Wigglesworth and Sean Maitland were among a contingent of 12 people who left the team hotel in central London on Wednesday evening for dinner.
The barbarians tried to close the gaps in their squad before a period of 3 p.m. set by the RFU had expired. They are investigating the violation to summon violators prior to an independent disciplinary hearing.
And after it was revealed that there was an additional breach of protocol in addition to the previously known incident, the board of directors said they had no choice but to cancel the game that was due to be played at Twickenham.
“As part of its ongoing investigation into a Covid Code of Conduct violation that occurred on October 21, the RFU determined that there was an earlier undisclosed violation that occurred on October 20 when a series of barbarian Players left the hotel bubble without leaving permission and without informing the organizers of their whereabouts, ”said an RFU statement.
“The RFU has concluded that the players who left their Covid-safe environment on October 20th without isolating themselves from the rest of the group on their return have left the bubble environment at risk and at risk of Covid transmission from outside the bubble exists to everyone on the Barbarian team and management.
“The RFU therefore has no choice but to abandon the game.”