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Wasps’ Brad Shields: ‘Testing day is nerve-racking, as Sale showed’

The New Zealand-born flanker expresses his concerns about a Covid-19 outbreak upsetting all the hard work and progress made, as Wasps prepare to face Exeter in the Premiership final

Brad Shields is speaking on the day the Wasps squad is tested for Covid-19. The England flanker is asked if, following the experience of Sale earlier this month when their play-off hopes disappeared in the laboratory, he and his teammates are worried about a similar outbreak before next Saturday’s Premiership final against Exeter at Twickenham.

“Testing day and the one after are nerve-racking in case anything comes up,” says the New Zealand-born back-rower. “You go through phases [of worrying], but we are fortunate that we have two weeks to see where we go. Sale showed things can change quickly. You do not think too much about it when you are training, but outside the club you have to be wary of it. It is something that is real.”

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