Zebre v Edinburgh: Richard Cockerill and Blair Kinghorn left at home as Covid-19 test results are delayed
Cockerill, Kinghorn and a team physio were unable to travel to Italy because of the delay.
However, the results for Cockerill, Kinghorn and the unnamed physiotherapist were delayed on Friday morning, leaving their Covid-19 status unknown, meaning they were not in a position to fly on the team’s charter flight. All other test results were negative.
The trio’s tests have subsequently been completed and were confirmed to be negative.
The results from Edinburgh’s PCR tests carried out on Tuesday this week returned a full set of negative results, including the three people unable to travel to Italy.
Edinburgh say Cockerill will “remain in full contact with the travelling group digitally”.
Assistant coaches Calum MacRae and Duncan Hodge will take charge of the team at the Stadio Serio Lanfranchi. Jack Blain moves to full-back to replace Kinghorn, with Jamie Farndale taking Blain’s place on the wing.
Edinburgh Rugby’s managing director Douglas Struth said: “We continue to take our Covid protocols extremely seriously and, while we have returned two sets of negative test results this week, the uncertainty created by Richard, Blair and our physio’s delayed results meant we took the decision to not put the wider group at any potential risk and they did not travel.
"We subsequently have had confirmation their tests were negative.
"With support from Scottish Rugby the club applies stringent Covid-19 measures for the safety of our players, coaches and wider performance team to both protect the health of our employees and in acknowledgment of the privileged position in which we operate.”
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