Premiership Rugby can confirm that Leicester Tigers' Gallagher Premiership Rugby match against Newcastle Falcons on Boxing Day has been called off.
The Tigers returned a small number of positives tests in this week's round of PCR testing but a large number of the squad have been ruled out of the match due to contact tracing, meaning the match cannot go ahead.
A Premiership Rugby spokesperson said: "Our priority is the health and safety of everyone involved with Leicester Tigers and Newcastle Falcons and we will give the clubs any support they need.
"Neither Premiership Rugby nor the club will be naming any of the players or staff involved and we'd ask everyone to respect their privacy."
Under the Premiership Rugby regulations the match between Leicester Tigers and Newcastle Falcons will be cancelled. A Premiership Rugby panel will now be convened to determine the allocation of points and a further announcement will be made in due course.
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Newcastle Falcons respects the decision, and wishes the personnel concerned at Leicester Tigers a full and speedy recovery.