The Cork Under-20 hurlers will be unable to play the All-Ireland U-20 hurling final next weekend after a positive Covid-19 test was recorded in the camp, with all members of the playing and management staff being deemed close contacts.
Cork GAA released a statement this evening, announcing the news and saying they would be unable to fulfil the fixture against Galway next weekend.
"A member of the Cork U-20 Hurling group has tested positive for Covid-19," the statement read.
"As a result, all players and management have been deemed as close contacts by the HSE. Therefore, Cork will be unable to fulfill Saturday's All Ireland U-20 final fixture at this time."
Cork GAA Statement:— Cork GAA (@OfficialCorkGAA) August 1, 2021
A member of the Cork U20 Hurling group has tested positive for COVID-19. As a result, all players and management have been deemed as close contacts by the HSE. Therefore, Cork will be unable to fulfill Saturday's All Ireland U20 Final fixture at this time.
On Wednesday, Cork beat Limerick 1-26 to 1-24, winning their third Munster title at the grade in four years.
Their reward was an All-Ireland showdown appearance with Leinster champions Galway in Semple Stadium on Saturday 7 August.
The Rebels were seeking to win a second All-Ireland U-20 hurling title in successive months, having won the delayed 2020 final against Dublin in UPMC Nowlan Park on 10 July last.
Cork will now be hoping the 2021 decider will be re-fixed for a later date.