“I would not wish the illness on anyone,” says London Irish director of rugby Declan Kidney ahead of return to action against Harlequins

Declan Kidney knows only too well that Covid-19 can badly affect rugby players, regardless of the perception that the virus is mainly a threat to the elderly. “I would not wish the illness I have seen with some of the players on anyone at another club,” says London Irish’s director of rugby.

London Irish face Harlequins at the Stoop for their first match since before Christmas following an outbreak of coronavirus at the club that forced the closure of their training ground. “Some were hit hard by it. It was a demanding couple of weeks, far busier than when we were playing, and it is good to have a match to look forward to.”

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