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Match off | Safety first despite disappointment

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Leicester Tigers share the disappointment of supporters following the cancellation of today’s international fixture at the stadium but understand the decision in order to minimise risk around Covid-19 and keep everyone safe.

Mattioli Woods Welford Road had been due to welcome a 4,000-strong crowd for the game between England A and Scotland A before news of further positive tests for Covid in the Scotland camp forced the game’s cancellation on matchday morning.

Tigers players Ellis Genge, Joe Heyes, Harry Wells, Dan Kelly and Freddie Steward had all been due to start as part of the England team, with clubmates Matt Scott and Cameron Henderson selected by Scotland in the first international fixture to be played at the stadium since 2008.

Leicester Tigers chairman Peter Tom said: “It is, of course, a big disappointment that the game cannot go ahead, for everyone involved in preparations for the day and for all of the supporters, particularly the Tigers supporters who were looking forward to seeing seven of our players in national shirts on their home club ground.

“But the safety and wellbeing of the players, officials, supporters and our community must come first.

“We wish everyone affected a full and speedy recovery, and send our best wishes to both squads for their remaining summer fixtures.”

The fixture will not be rearranged and all ticket holders will receive an automated refund.

There is no need to contact the Tigers ticket office as refunds will be processed as quickly as possible and will be in your account within 10 working days.

The final rugby action of the season at Mattioli Woods Welford Road is next Sunday (July 4) when the stadium hosts The Varsity Matches between the women’s and men’s teams of the universities of Oxford and Cambridge. Tickets are on sale now.