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Borthwick: Health and safety comes first

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Leicester Tigers head coach Steve Borthwick admitted the squad was disappointed to learn the Gallagher Premiership fixture against rivals Northampton Saints had been called off but stressed health and safety was "paramount" during this challenging period. 

"It is very disappointing we won’t have the opportunity to take on Northampton this weekend," said Borthwick.

"But the health and safety of everyone is paramount and we wish everyone at Saints well during this time.

"We understand the situation, having been through it, and will offer whatever support we can to our friends down the road."

The Tigers head coach also expressed a shared frustration with supporters of both teams, who will miss one of the league's most historic fixtures, and said the club's focus now switches to the return to European competition.

"The match is one everyone in rugby looks forward to, especially supporters of both sides, and we appreciate the frustrations of fans," he said.

"Our focus will now switch to Bayonne, in the next round of Europe, and maximising our preparation for that fixture."

Under the Premiership Rugby regulations, the match between Northampton Saints and Leicester Tigers will be cancelled.

A Premiership Rugby panel will now be convened to determine the allocation of points and a further announcement will be made in due course.