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The IRFU has confirmed that all four Irish Provinces have returned no positive COVID-19 results ahead of the new Guinness PRO14 season.

380 players, staff and match officials have been tested across the four provinces this week as the new season gets underway on Friday October 2nd.

Players, staff and match officials at Connacht, Leinster, Munster and Ulster are currently tested each match week.

To date there have been 2228 tests conducted across the IRFU professional player and staff group and 9 positive tests reported from the academy system.

Leinster start the defence of their PRO14 title against the Dragons at the RDS on Friday, while Ulster will have 600 supporters at Kingspan Stadium on Friday for their season opener against Benetton.

Munster are away to Scarlets on Saturday afternoon and Connacht get their campaign underway against Glasgow at the Sportground on Saturday evening.

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