Munster are unlikely to get a postponement for their upcoming Champions Cup meeting with Wasps but organisers have extended the player registration window.

Along with Scarlets, Cardiff and Zebre, Munster's preparations for European competition have been severely affected after their cancelled tours of South Africa due to coronavirus issues.

With a packed fixture schedule EPCR are doing their utmost to fulfill the scheduled as planned.

Johann van Graan's side are due to face Wasps in Coventry on 12 December.

The bulk of Munster’s playing squad is in self-isolation, having just returned from South Africa yesterday. 14 members of the touring party remain in the Rainbow Nation, while some senior and academy players are training in Limerick.

With special minimum requirements in place for front row players in matchday squads, the organisers have opened the door for clubs to take in players on emergency loans.

"Following consultation with the leagues and unions, it has been decided to extend the first registration date from last month to allow all participating clubs to supplement their squads with an unlimited number of previously unregistered players," it said.

"All new players will have to be registered on or before Wednesday, 8 December at midday (Irish time).

"With no alternative weekends available in the 2021/22 season calendar, EPCR is in regular dialogue with the leagues and clubs to ensure that all possible measures are considered so that the matches take place as scheduled.

"While looking forward to another series of compelling pool stage fixtures, EPCR is mindful of how recent events have impacted on Cardiff Rugby, Munster Rugby, Scarlets and Zebre Parma in particular, and the tournament organiser would like to extend its best wishes to the players and staff who currently remain in South Africa, as well as to the players and staff who have been repatriated and are currently isolating."

In a video released on Thursday evening. Munster chief executive Ian Flanagan said academy director Ian Costello Costello was taking training at the University of Limerick, 'ably assisted' by club captain Peter O'Mahony.

"As well as our international players, we have rehabbing players, players from our academy, our provincial talent squad players, we have national talent squad players all training together at the HPC at the moment."

Flanagan expressed the province's determination to fulfil the Wasps fixture.

"As long as we can field a squad of 23 players who can go out there and represent Munster, we intend to complete the fixture and take the field against Wasps."

Flanagan said the majority of the 14 players and staff who are isolating in South Africa due to positive Covid-19 tests are asymptomatic and in good spirits, adding they are all "safe and well".

European Professional Club Rugby have also announced a series of strict Covid-19 regulations protocols.

  • All players, coaching staff and essential club personnel must return a negative Covid test result in match week. The test results can be utilised to facilitate cross-border travel to matches.
  • Only essential club personnel will be permitted to avail of elite sportspersons quarantine exemptions for cross-border travel. Personnel from outside the high-performance environment will not be exempt.
  • Clubs will be required to abide by the regulations imposed by local authorities with regards to travel and accommodation restrictions.
  • A Red Zone restriction for operational purposes will be in place at all match venues.

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