Six Premiership stars and four members of backroom staff test positive for coronavirus in first round of 804 checks

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SIX Premiership stars have tested positive for coronavirus.

And four members of backroom staff have also been found to have the deadly disease.

As a result, all ten will have to self-isolate as part of rugby’s return to training.

But rugby bosses are refusing to identify which of their 12 top-flight clubs have returned positive tests from the initial round of 804 tests.

A league statement said: “Premiership Rugby can today confirm that on Monday 6 July, 804 players and club staff were tested as part of the PCR COVID-19 screening programme. 

“Of these, ten people have tested positive. Of those ten, six were players and four non-playing staff.

“Players or club staff who have tested positive and their close contacts will now isolate and be assessed in line with the PHE-agreed guidelines.

“Premiership Rugby and the RFU are providing this aggregated information for competition integrity and transparency.

“No specific details as to clubs or individuals will be provided. 

“The number of positive results will be made public after each round of testing.”

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