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Munster have been forced to suspend training after a senior player tested positive for COVID-19.

The player in question returned a positive result in the latest round of PCR testing carried out on Monday but the Province says he is asymptomatic.

Munster will restest the player tomorrow to remove any doubt of a potential false positive.

The individual, who was not part of the travelling group to Wales at the weekend, and six other players identified by Munster as potential close contacts, are currently self-isolating.

As a precautionary measure, the squad and academy will not train at the HPC today and the HSE have been notified for contract tracing purposes.

Further PCR testing will take place tomorrow at the HPC with a return to scheduled training planned for Thursday ahead of Saturday’s Guinness PRO14 game against Edinburgh at Thomond Park.

Munster Rugby Head of Medical, Dr Jamie Kearns said: "As an immediacy we are taking every precaution by standing down training today.

"We are going to complete another round of PCR testing tomorrow so that we can return to training on Thursday.

"Our priority is to ensure the health and safety of our players and staff, and we will continue to work closely with both the IRFU and HSE in this regard."

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