The Vodacom United Rugby Championship games between the Cell C Sharks and Irish team Ulster, as well as the Emirates Lions vs. Glasgow Warriors matches, had to be postponed due to an epidemic of gastroenteritis.

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When both foreign visiting teams became ill and were unable to field a team to play in the match, the games that were scheduled for Saturday were cancelled.

The URC has stated that the matches will be rescheduled for a later time.

Aside from Covid outbreaks that prompted teams to return home in December and seriously disrupted the competition’s inaugural season, this is the first time in the competition’s history that games needed to be postponed due to illness.

The Glasgow Warriors, Ulster Rugby, Cell C Sharks, and Emirates Lions games from Round 6 of the United Rugby Championship have been postponed, according to a statement from the URC.

“Neither Ulster nor Glasgow Warriors are able to deploy entire playing squads due to gastrointestinal infections.

“The United Rugby Championship has decided to postpone the matches in order to uphold its duty of care to the affected players and in light of the medical advice obtained from significant stakeholders.

“The league will now move to study prospective dates to reschedule the games and will update in due time,” it said.

Glasgow became unwell earlier this week, while Ulster seemed to have caught it when they moved to Durban and stayed in the same hotel as the Warriors.

Glasgow had already considered sending certain players home early due to illness, and this weekend, when they return home, the international players from both teams will begin training with their respective national teams.

The rescheduled dates will be made public by the URC as soon as possible.

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