Cardiff Plan To Face Toulouse In Champions Cup Despite Being Without 32 Players

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Cardiff will field a shadow squad for their Champions Cup matches against Toulouse and Harlequins because the majority of their players are still quarantined.

After getting a charter flight and quarantine accommodation in England, a group of 42 players and staff is scheduled to leave South Africa on Thursday. Following positive Covid tests, six members of the party will remain in Cape Town. On Saturday, December 11th, Cardiff will meet European champions Toulouse at the Arms Park.

The Welsh squad will field a team made up of academy players, reserves, and Wales internationals who did not travel to South Africa since 32 players and 16 members of staff will be quarantining in either England or South Africa.

Those that self-isolate will be unable to participate in European matches due to a 10-day quarantine requirement.

For the Toulouse game, the players will remain in self-isolation, and while they will be released in time for the Harlequins match at the Stoop on December 18, their conditioning will prevent them from being match fit after missing three weeks of training.

Six members of Wales’ fall squad may be eligible after remaining in Cardiff while the rest of the team traveled to South Africa. Josh Adams, Willis Halaholo, Tomos Williams, Dillon Lewis, Seb Davies, and Ellis Jenkins are the players in question.

Source: BBC Sport

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