The Barbarians' clash with Samoa due to be played at Twickenham this afternoon has been called off after a number of positive Covid-19 cases in the Baa-Baas squad.

Former Ireland international Rob Kearney was due to play his final senior game before retirement, while Connacht's Abraham Papali'i was named in the Samoa team, who togged out and sung their national anthem and performed the Siva Tau despite the cancellation.

The Barbarians women's match against South Africa has been pushed forward to 2.30pm.

The squad includes Ireland internationals Ciara Griffin, Lindsay Peat, Jenny Murphy, Sene Naoupa and Anna Caplice.

A statement from the RFU on the matter read: "Due to six confirmed Covid-19 cases in the Barbarians men's team (four players and two members of staff), the Professional Game Testing Oversight Group has advised that the fixture scheduled to be played against Samoa at 2.30 pm today is unable to proceed.

"We appreciate that this is an extremely disappointing situation for the many fans due to attend, but the safety of all members of both teams is our priority.

"Following consultation with the Barbarians Committee and South Africa, the fixture between Barbarians Women and Springbok Women’s XV will now move to the 2.30pm KO and all tickets purchased are valid for this match. The match will be broadcast live on BBC 1 with coverage starting at 2pm.

"A full automatic refund will be made to all ticket holders, however fans are encouraged to attend the Barbarians Women and Springbok Women’s XV."

In October 2020, a Barbarians match against England at Twickenham was also cancelled when a number of players broke coronavirus protocols by going on drinking sessions.

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