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Green light for PRO14 final as players given the all clear

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Toulouse president Didier Lacroixle

Toulouse president Didier Lacroixle

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Toulouse president Didier Lacroixle

Saturday's Guinness PRO14 final between Leinster and Ulster has been given the go-ahead after both clubs produced zero positive results from the latest round of the IRFU's Covid-19 testing.

In total, 156 players and staff across both provinces were tested this week ahead of this weekend's showdown at the Aviva Stadium.

The group of match officials, which is led by referee Andrew Brace, also produced zero positive results.

The latest round of routine testing takes the total number of tests to 1,628 across the entire IRFU professional player and staff group.

Nine positive tests have been recorded within the Academy system, with eight of those coming from Ulster and one from Munster.

Meanwhile, Toulouse have announced that their Champions Cup quarter-final against Ulster on Sunday week will be held at their home ground Stade Ernest Wallon.

The last-eight clash had initially been penciled in for Le Stadium, a bigger ground, but with ongoing restrictions over public gatherings, Toulouse have opted to change the venue.

Fans will be allowed to attend the game in France with the attendance limited to 5,000. Season-ticket holders and commercial partners are set to have priority for tickets.

Toulouse president Didier Lacroix expressed his disappointment that an exemption was not granted to allow more spectators in for the Ulster game.

"Knockout games at home are always great moments of sport, which is so big in our city," Lacroix said.

"Playing this quarter-final at a reduced level frustrates us enormously. By relocating the quarter-final to Ernest Wallon and with the attendance limited to 5,000 people, we are dividing our possible revenues by eight times."

Having begun their Top 14 campaign with a 33-30 defeat to Clermont last weekend, Toulouse will take on Ronan O'Gara's La Rochelle at Stade Ernest Wallon this Saturday.