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Wasps cleared to play in English rugby Premiership final

Their place in English domestic rugby's showpiece at Twickenham was in doubt after 11 positive tests, including players and backroom staff, since last week.

London Wasps players celebrate their victory over the Bristol Bears in their Premiership semifinal match on 10 October 2020. Picture: @WaspsRugby/Twitter

LONDON - Wasps will play Exeter in the English Premiership rugby union final after they were given a coronavirus all-clear, organisers announced on Wednesday.

Their place in English domestic rugby's showpiece at Twickenham on Saturday had been in doubt after 11 positive tests, including players and backroom staff, since last week. Wasps had also suspended training.

However, Premiership Rugby gave them the all clear on Wednesday which means they - rather than Bristol Bears, the team they beat in the semi-final play-offs - will face newly-crowned European champions Exeter.

The decision was taken by the Rugby Football Union, Premiership Rugby and Public Health England officials.

"Premiership Rugby can confirm that Wasps have been given the all-clear to take their rightful place in Saturday's Gallagher Premiership rugby final against Exeter Chiefs," said a statement.

Wasps last appeared in the Premiership final in 2017, losing to Exeter in extra-time.

Their chances of avenging that result won't have been helped by the disruption to their preparations.

But Wasps chief executive Stephen Vaughan was just happy the club can keep playing after head coach Lee Blackett engineered a stunning mid-season revival following the departure of the long-serving Dai Young.

"As a club, we are delighted that we can now take our rightful place in this Saturday’s Premiership Rugby final," Vaughan said in a statement.

"To all of our fans and well-wishers, thank you for your many messages of support, this final is for you!"