Wigan Warriors have been cleared to make a ground-breaking trip to France this weekend for Saturday’s Betfred Super League fixture against the Catalans Dragons, after the results of their latest round of testing for Covid-19.
Wigan’s routine weekly testing was brought forward following the positive test received by a member of their squad who was showing symptoms over the weekend, and who is now self-isolating.
Those results have all come back negative, meaning that Wigan will travel to Perpignan on Saturday morning on a charter flight, under conditions approved by the British and French authorities, for the first Betfred Super League fixture in France since the resumption of the season last month – and in a match which will also be the first to host a crowd since the resumption, as permitted by French Government regulations.
The fixture will be televised live in France on free-to-air broadcaster L’Equipe, and in the UK on Sky Sports, kicking off at 5pm BST.
Hull KR, who played Wigan last Thursday, have also received a full negative set of results from their testing this week. They play St Helens at the Totally Wicked Stadium on Friday.
Sky Sports will show all five Betfred Super League fixtures this week, as follows:
Thursday September 10 (Totally Wicked Stadium, St Helens – behind closed doors): Hull FC v Wakefield Trinity (6pm); Castleford Tigers v Warrington Wolves (815pm)
Friday September 11 (Totally Wicked Stadium, St Helens – behind closed doors): St Helens v Hull KR (6pm), Leeds Rhinos v Huddersfield Giants (815pm)
Saturday September 12: Catalans Dragons v Wigan Warriors (5pm BST, Stade Gilbert Brutus, Perpignan)