Castleford have announced they have suspended on-field rugby operations following an outbreak of Covid-19 at the club.
They will now not return until the new year. The Tigers are scheduled to return to the field on 16th January when they head to York.
Castleford then have another friendly at Doncaster a week later. They then start their Super League campaign against Salford in February.
The full statement on the club website says: “Castleford Tigers can confirm a number of positive Covid-19 cases within the First Team environment which has resulted in the squad’s Christmas break being brought forward by two days.
“Everyone involved with the First Team has conducted a PCR test. Those who tested positive will be following the correct protocols of isolation. The Club’s on-field rugby operations are now suspended until the new year. Our off-field operations continue working in the run-up to Christmas.
“The Club has been in regular communication with both the RFL and Public Health England regarding the situation.”
Super League monitoring ongoing situation in France
Meanwhile, the Super League have told Love Rugby League they are continuing to monitor the travel situation in France ahead of the start of the season.
In response to the Omicron variant, the French government have tightened travel restrictions in the country. You cannot travel to or out of France without a compelling reason. These do not include sporting exemptions.
As a result, five games were postponed in rugby union’s European competitions last week.
A statement from the Super League says: “We continue to monitor the situation and are working with both French clubs to understand any exemption status granted to professional sport (same process as Rugby Union Champions Cup are dealing with).
“We’ll meet with both Catalans and Toulouse in the first week of January for updates and have on-going dialogue with both Huddersfield (Rd.1 v Toulouse) and Wakefield (Rd.2 v Catalans) who travel out from the UK first.”
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