Australia players are reportedly responsible for three of the six positive Covid-19 cases inside the Barbarians camp that led to Saturday's meeting with Samoa being cancelled.

The invitational team was set to headline at Twickenham before the Rugby Football Union (RFU) confirmed the fixture had been scrapped less than 90 minutes before kick-off.

Four players and two members of the backroom staff are understood to have made up the positive cases, and reports out of Australia have since said three of those players were Wallabies.

Australia head coach Dave Rennie was due to coach the Baa Baas at Headquarters, and he had assembled a squad housing no fewer than 11 of his own players.

That group was made up of James O'Connor, Tom Robertson, Pete Samu, Len Ikitau, Izaia Perese, Filipo Daugunu, Angus Bell, Rob Leota, Tate McDermott, Tom Wright and Nic White.

Three of Dave Rennie's Wallabies tested positive for Covid-19 on the day of the Barbarians game (


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It's understood the players in question are now in isolation along with the two members of staff.

The identities of the trio responsible for the positive results have not been disclosed, though there's a clear feeling of frustration at how the situation has been handled.

The official Barbarians Twitter account said the squad "complied to the letter with the Covid protocols throughout the week" and could have still fielded a squad of 23 players who had tested negative on Saturday.

Samoa still ventured onto the Twickenham turf, performing their haka and national anthem in front of an empty stadium despite the game's cancellation.

Samoa performed their haka and national anthem despite the Killik Cup game being cancelled (


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Former Ireland and British and Irish Lions full-back Rob Kearney was due to make his final rugby appearance before retiring on Saturday, while Samoa great Joe Tekori also ended his international career in sad circumstances.

Wales legend Jonathan Davies decried the "utter shambles" in organisation that led to the game being scrapped less than two hours from kick-off.

He told the Telegraph : "It is an utter shambles. Samoa promoted the game and pulled all the stops to get here without their full strength squad, ironically, due to Covid restrictions some could not travel. And now this!

“They get all this way here and it is called off so soon to kick off. It's not good enough. After the shambles of last year too when some of the Barbarians broke the bubble it is unforgivable."

Samoa performed their haka and national anthem despite the Baa Baas game being cancelled (


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Saturday's events reminded fans of last year's Baa Baas debacle when a fixture against England had to be cancelled on the eve of the game after 12 Barbarians players contracted Covid-19.

Following news that the men's match would not be played, the Barbarians women's team thrashed a Springboks Women's XV 60-5 in the headline slot at Twickenham on Saturday.

A new women's record of 29,581 were in attendance to watch the display in what was at least one positive to come from an otherwise dark day for rugby.

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