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Men’s Barbarians match canceled shortly before kick-off due to COVID-19 cases

The men’s Barbarians game against Samoa in Twickenham on Saturday was canceled 90 minutes before kick-off after four players and two staffers in the Barbarians camp tested positive for COVID-19, the Rugby Football Union (RFU) said.

The Samoan players came onto the field and sang their national anthem to the crowd that did show up.

“We realize this is an extremely disappointing situation for the many fans who will be in attendance, but the safety of all members of both teams is our priority,” the RFU said in a statement.

“After consultation with the Barbarians Committee and South Africa, the match between Barbarians Women and Springbok Women’s XV will now be moved to the KO at 2:30 PM. [kickoff] and all tickets purchased are valid for this match.”

The women’s race would start after the men’s race.