The IRFU has this afternoon confirmed that the first phase of PCR testing produced zero positive results and therefore, Leinster Rugby players and staff are free to return to training tomorrow.

In total, 140 players and staff were tested last Wednesday in the High Performance Centres in both Leinster (UCD) and Munster (UL).

The PCR testing was carried out by Cork based company Advanced Medical Services on behalf of the IRFU.

The PCR Testing is part of the return to train protocols put in place by the IRFU and involves a swab test removing a sample from a person’s nose or throat. This sample is examined at a molecular level using Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) to identify the presence of COVID-19.

The Leinster Rugby staff and players have now been cleared to access UCD tomorrow morning as they begin collective training, in small groups, for the first time since the season was postponed in March due to Covid-19.

Leinster’s last game was against Glasgow Warriors on the 28th February in the Guinness PRO14.

The Guinness PRO14 announced last Thursday that Saturday 22nd August has been agreed as the return date for competitive action and the resumption of the 2019/20 season.

The second phase of PCR testing will commence with players and staff from Connacht and Ulster this coming week ahead of their scheduled return to training on Monday, 29th June.