Scarlets turn to Ospreys for available players amid Covid-19 troubles
Scarlets are due to face Bristol Bears on December 11th in their Heineken Champions Cup game and could face a forfeit if they do not play on the date.
The game is scheduled a day after the Scarlets players are released from 10 days of isolation, giving no time for the squad to train for the match.
Due to this, Scarlets only have 14 available players fit – seven from the senior squad and seven on development contracts. Scarlets are in need of nine additional players
Toby Booth, Ospreys Head Coach, says he has been contacted by Scarlets – enquiring about available players to loan.
This would mean the European Professional Club Rugby may be led to change competition rules to allow for a ‘special dispensation’ for loans to be permitted.
Toby Booth: “They’ve asked for seven or eight,”
“We’re willing to help out because it’s important we see the bigger picture here.
“It will suit us giving people opportunities to play in a prestigious game.”
He added: “The boundaries are certainly softer when you have to contingency plan to that extreme, so it’s about getting everyone in the tent together, helping each other out and looking after each other.
“Obviously we need to get player approval and EPCR need to agree around people not being cup-tied by playing, but hopefully common sense prevails and we can keep people playing.”
Director of Rugby for Dragons Dean Ryan has stated that he does not think they have enough players to loan out, so it is doubtful they will be able to help.
Dean Ryan: “We haven’t got players who that’s potentially appropriate for. We are in conversations,”
“We’ve still got to play ourselves. We’re probably the smallest-resourced region and therefore is it appropriate that some of the people in the wings for us are playing either Bristol [for Scarlets] or Toulouse [for Cardiff]?
“Those conversations are ongoing and it is important because I remember playing away in Bordeaux with a lot of academy lads in for us and there is a balancing act between getting experiences and being safe at that level. The Champions Cup is a huge tournament and that’s something else administrators need to factor in – what is appropriate and what is safe.”
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