With around thirty players in quarantine since returning from South Africa, the Welsh franchise is unable to present a full team against Bristol.
LLanelli’s Welsh franchise, in quarantine since returning from South Africa, had just 7 professional players for their Champions Cup opener on Saturday against Bristol. « EPCR have been informed by the Scarlets that due to their player health concerns and inability to field a competitive squad, the club are unable to play their game against the Bristol Bears. This Pool B match is therefore canceled and the Bristol Bears considered as winners with a score of 28-0 with five classification points awarded, in accordance with the tournament rules.»
Since their return, the Scarlets have 32 players under quarantine in Belfast. And only 14 players were present in training, but only 7 from the professional team. The leaders of Llanelli did not wish to use their semi-professional players (who work during the day and only train in the evening) or their hopes. They also refused offers from other Welsh franchises to loan them players for this game.
The game against UBB should take place
« The Scarlets, Bristol Bears and EPCR did everything they could to make the game happen. However, this was not possible and it is unfortunate that the match has now been cancelled, slipped the organizer in its press release. EPCR is well aware that the unfortunate events of recent weeks have had an impact on Scarlets players and staff, through no fault of their own. (…) EPCR has maintained a regular dialogue with the Scarlets club in recent days to offer advice and support.»
During the 2and day of the first phase, Llanelli is supposed to receive Bordeaux-Bègles on Sunday December 19 (2 p.m.). The workforce will have finished with its quarantine and this meeting should take place.