Revealed: The question every Bath player must ask himself to avoid being a covidiot

England star Charlie Ewels has revealed how title-chasing Bath have turned to peer pressure to guard against Covidiots.

The West Country outfit are two wins from becoming English champions for the first time since 1996.

But with infection rates on the rise in university towns, and 18,000 students enrolled in the spa city, Ewels is only too aware of the danger.

Ahead of tomorrow’s Premiership semi-final at Exeter, the Bath captain lifted the lid on the ‘rule’ devised by him and his players to avoid being plunged into Covid hell.

Ewels said: “We have had conversations as a playing group about how one of us could pick up the virus and it spreads and costs us.



Bath, who have lost only once since lockdown, face Exeter in the second Premiership semi-final on Saturday

“That is the world we are living in but the rule which you want to check yourself on is, would you be willing to stand up in front of the team if you test positive and spread it around the team and say ‘this is what I did’.

“If it’s because you go to a supermarket to buy dinner and you pick it up off a shopping basket, then you would happily stand there and say that.

“If it’s, ‘I was on a night out with a load of uni students’, then you probably wouldn’t be willing to look at your mates and say that to them.

“So that is the rule we put in place and that is how we have operated since.”



Lam: ‘No-one wants to be the person that costs the team the opportunity for a trophy by making a wrong decision’

Bristol say they may go to the extreme of shutting their team away from the outside world to ensure coronavirus does not sabotage their Double ambitions.

The Bears play a Premiership semi-final at Wasps tomorrow followed by a European Challenge Cup final against Toulon a week today.

Boss Pat Lam is determined his club’s fate will be decided on the pitch, not off it and admitted: “If Covid becomes a higher risk in society that certainly would be an option.



Bath won at Quins the last time fans were allowed at a Premiership game. Public Health England have confirmed there were no cases linked to the game

“Spending 10 weeks in a hotel was talked about when we came back from lockdown. That period of time becomes difficult but two weeks could be an option if that is what it takes.

“In the same way no-one wants to be the person that makes the mistake that loses a game, no-one wants to be the person that costs the team the opportunity for a trophy by making a wrong decision.”

The scale of the Covid problem affecting the top flight of the English game was revealed last night when Premiership Rugby announced 31 positive cases from 441 players and staff tested.

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