DURBAN – The Springboks' Test match against Georgia on Friday in Pretoria is in doubt after three Boks tested for Covid-19 in Johannesburg on Sunday.
The Boks cancelled Sunday’s planned training session in Johannesburg as a precautionary measure when scheduled testing protocols returned the three positive results when the team assembled on Saturday.
Three players tested positive for the virus following stringent real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing procedures on arrival at the team base.
🚫 The Boks cancelled Sunday’s training session in Johannesburg as a precautionary measure after scheduled testing returned three positive COVID-results— Springboks (@Springboks) June 27, 2021
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Team management immediately put the squad into self-isolation as a precaution until specialist medical advice is sought from the Lions Series Medical Advisory Group (MAG).
A decision on further team activities will be made shortly, SA Rugby said in a statement.
SA Rugby Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus emphasised that the team had followed all the necessary precautions since the start of the three-week conditioning camp hosted in Bloemfontein, which included mandatory Covid-19 testing three times a week, and that they would be led by specialist advice before any action is taken.
The Boks have not played a match since winning the World Cup final in November 2019, so if their return to action this week is canceled, it will be a severe blow not only to Siya Koli’s team but also to the imminent tour of the British and Irish Lions.