The 1872 Cup derby between Glasgow Warriors and Edinburgh Rugby has been postponed as a result of a Covid-19 outbreak in the home club’s squad.
The rivals were scheduled to play on Monday night in Glasgow as part of a festive 1872 Cup double header in the coming week.
A statement from the United Rugby Championship on Monday afternoon confirmed the match was to be postponed following a Covid outbreak at Warriors.
The fate of the second leg of the double-header is now unknown, with the teams due to meet in Edinburgh on January 2.
A statement from the United Rugby Championship read: “The Round 8 United Rugby Championship fixture between Glasgow Warriors and Edinburgh has been postponed.
“The game was due to take place on Monday, December 27 in Glasgow, however, a number of positive Covid-19 cases within the Glasgow Warriors squad have been reported by the club.
“The URC Medical Advisory Group has liaised with Glasgow Warriors and Public Health Scotland and deemed that the fixture cannot go ahead as scheduled.
“The United Rugby Championship will now consider available dates to reschedule the game.”
The postponement follows huge absences in the Edinburgh squad, with 17 players unavailable through injury or Covid for the first leg at Glasgow’s Scotstoun Stadium.
Head coach Mike Blair was also to miss his first derby in charge of the capital side after being identified as a close contact outside the club last week.
The URC will now “consider available dates to reschedule the game”.